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September 13, 2009

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park

One of the must visit places in Bali is Garuda Wisnu Kencana.

It is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.

Designed and built by Nyoman Nuarta, one of Indonesia’s foremost modern sculptor, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue or GWK and its pedestal building will be standing 150 meters tall with its wings span 64 meters across. Made from more than 4000 tons of copper and brass, the statue is picturing Lord Wisnu, as the source of wisdom, riding on the back of the mythical bird Garuda as the manifestation of conscience toward Amerta, the perennial goodness.

The statue and its pedestal will be surrounded by more than 240 hectares cultural park which was once an abandoned and unproductive limestone quarry. The cultural park will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, as well as Jendela Bali The Panoramic Resto and souvenir shop. At present time, the statue of Wisnu, the statue of Garuda, and the hands of Wisnu have been placed temporarily in three different plazas within the park.

GWK Cultural Park is intended to educate, especially the young generations about the importance of preserving and cultivating world’s cultural heritage.





A different angle of Wishnu's statue.






Hiding under the yellow umbrella.










The magnificient statue of lord Wisnu. Lord Wisnu symbolizes water while Lord Brahma symbolizes fire. According to the local Balinese, this piece of land does not have any water source before GWK was built, but soon after the construction of the statue of Lord Wisnu has completed, suddenly water flows out from the ground! That's amazing isn't it.



As the anchor point of GWK, the 20 meter tall copper statue of the Lord Wisnu has been placed temporarily on the highest hill of Ungasan where visitors can enjoy sunset or sunrise over the magnificent view of Kuta, Benoa and Sanur. The location is called Plaza Wisnu and on this plaza’s yard, namely Parahyangan Somaka Giri, a holy spring continually spews out clear water through a stone bowl which many people believe it can cure illnesses or give you a long life.





The statue of Garuda.




Right behind the Plaza Wisnu is the Plaza Garuda where the 18 meters tall statue of Garuda placed temporarily. At the present time, Plaza Garuda becomes the focal point of a massive alley of carved limestone pillars which covers more than 4000 sqm open space area namely Lotus Pond. The colossal limestone pillars and monumental Garuda statue make Lotus Pond a very exotic space. With its room capacity that can accommodate up to 7000 people, Lotus Pond has gained good reputation as the perfect place to hold big and international events.





The latest addition to the Cultural Park - the Hands of Wisnu. It's placed temporarily at Tirta Agung.



Walking around the park.

A good place for photo shooting too.








Red petal and blue sky. A beautiful contrast.















I like this one the most, panoramic view of GWK.

1 comments:

Very nice place, can't wait for my trip...hahaha

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