Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park: What to See and History of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

History of Garuda Wisnu Kencana

History of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, photo by Try Putro Utomo on Pexels

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Bali at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, where ancient myths come to life in a breathtaking display of art and spirituality. Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Indonesia, this cultural haven is home to the awe-inspiring Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, a colossal embodiment of Lord Vishnu and the mythical Garuda bird.  Join us as we unravel the fascinating history of Garuda Wisnu Kencana!

What is Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park?

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, commonly known as GWK Cultural Park, stands as a colossal testament to the rich cultural heritage of Bali, Indonesia. Sprawling across an expansive area, the park covers approximately 60 hectares of land, providing visitors with an immersive experience.

Owned by the Indonesian company PT. Alam Sutera Realty Tbk, GWK Cultural Park, represents a harmonious blend of art, mythology, and spirituality. The ownership by PT. Alam Sutera Realty Tbk underscores the collaborative effort between the private sector and cultural preservation, aiming to showcase Indonesia’s profound cultural roots to locals and international visitors.

The name “Garuda Wisnu Kencana” holds significant cultural and religious symbolism. “Garuda” refers to the mythical bird-like creature in Hindu mythology, representing power and freedom. “Wisnu” is derived from Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism, known as the preserver of the universe. “Kencana” translates to gold, symbolizing prosperity and magnificence. Therefore, the name encapsulates the park’s essence, embodying the divine and majestic qualities associated with the Garuda and Lord Vishnu.

History of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

The history of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue is a tale that spans decades, marked by visionary aspirations and unwavering commitment to cultural preservation. The monumental statue, depicting the mythical Garuda and Lord Vishnu, began to take shape in the late 1980s.

The inception of this ambitious project can be traced back to the renowned Balinese artist Nyoman Nuarta, who envisioned creating a colossal masterpiece that would not only celebrate Indonesia’s cultural heritage but also serve as a symbol of national identity. In 1989, Nyoman Nuarta initiated the project, driven by a profound sense of duty to showcase the artistic prowess of Balinese craftsmanship and Hindu mythology.

The Construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue 

Construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue, photo by NOW! Jakarta

The construction of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue was a monumental undertaking involving meticulous planning and a collaborative effort of skilled artisans, engineers, and craftsmen. The statue stands at an impressive height of over 120 meters (394 feet), making it one of the tallest statues in the world. The sheer scale and intricacy of the project required years of dedication and craftsmanship to bring Nyoman Nuarta’s vision to life.

One of the remarkable aspects of the statue’s construction is the use of copper and brass for its outer layer. This choice of materials adds to the visual grandeur and reflects the traditional Balinese artistry and craftsmanship. Combining modern engineering techniques and traditional craftsmanship resulted in a breathtaking fusion of art and technology.

Events and Various Festivals at GWK

Events at GWK, photo by Detik

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is a static monument and a dynamic cultural hub that hosts many events and festivals throughout the year. Visitors to GWK can expect diverse activities, performances, and celebrations that showcase Indonesian culture. Here’s a glimpse into the events and festivals that make GWK a lively and engaging destination:

  • Cultural Performances:
    One of the highlights of GWK is the regular cultural performances within the park. These performances encompass traditional Balinese dance, music, and theatrical presentations, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the region’s rich artistic traditions.
  • Art Exhibitions:
    GWK is a platform for local and international artists to display their works. Art exhibitions within the park provide a visual feast featuring diverse artistic expressions, from traditional Balinese art to contemporary pieces.
  • Festivals Celebrating Hindu Holidays:
    As Bali is predominantly Hindu, GWK often hosts festivals and events celebrating major Hindu holidays. These events provide visitors with a unique opportunity to witness and participate in the cultural and religious festivities integral to Balinese life.
  • Music Concerts and Festivals:
    The expansive grounds of GWK make it an ideal venue for music concerts and festivals. From traditional Indonesian music to contemporary international acts, visitors may have the chance to enjoy live music against the stunning backdrop of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue.
  • Yoga and Wellness Retreats:
    The serene and spiritually charged atmosphere of GWK makes it a perfect setting for yoga and wellness retreats. Visitors can participate in yoga sessions and wellness programs that harmonize with the park’s tranquil surroundings.

What Can You Expect to See at GWK?

Beyond the scheduled events, visitors to GWK can explore the vast park grounds, adorned with intricately carved statues and monuments reflecting Indonesian mythology and folklore. The Tirta Agung area features a lotus pond and a colossal limestone-carved sculpture, adding to the park’s visual. The Plaza Wisnu area surrounding the statue is designed for gatherings and events, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Additionally, you can also rent electric scooters and bikes to roam around the GWK starting from IDR 30.000 for 1 hour.

Visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park – 3 Days 2 Nights Package Tour!

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Bali with Asia Holiday , your travel companion, for an unforgettable island escape! Our specially crafted 3 Days 2 Nights Itinerary ensures you make the most of your time in Bali, including a visit to the iconic Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.

Itinerary Highlights:

Day 1 – South Trip:

Kecak Dance, photo by Jeffry Surianto on Pexels

  • Airport Transfer
  • Explore Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
  • Visit Uluwatu Temple & Kecak Dance performance
  • Enjoy a delectable seafood dinner at Jimbaran (own expenses)
  • Check into your villa in Seminyak or Canggu

Day 2 – Nusa Penida Trip:

Kelingking Beach at Nusa Penida, photo by Nusa Penida

  • Transfer to the harbor from your villa in Seminyak or Canggu
  • Embark on an exciting Nusa Penida day trip

Day 3 – Open Trip:

Tanjung Benoa, photo by Devon Daniel on Unsplash 

  • Villa Check-Out
  • Transfer to Watersport Tanjung Benoa for aquatic adventures
  • Shop for souvenirs at Krisna, Joger, Erlangga
  • Convenient drop-off at the airport

For more information and to book your Bali getaway, contact Asia Holiday at info@asiaholidayvilla.com or give us a call at (+62) 816-342-767. Let Asia Holiday turn your Bali holiday dreams into cherished memories!

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