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 GWK 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.
What you can see around Garuga Wisnu Kencana (GWK) :
1. The first class acoustic environment of the 800 seat Amphitheater is peerless venue for intimate cultural performance.
2. Enclosed by enormous limestone pillars with the Garuda figure as a backdrop, the dramatic Lotus Pond area has capacity at 7500, like the ceremonial boulevard of Balinese village.
3. In addition to the open public spaces, the Exhibition Gallery provides 200 squares of covered area as well as ten square meter internal open courtyard.
4. The newest venue in GWK is Indraloka Garden. With a beautiful view, it is one of the most appealing places for wedding and dinner party.
The activities around Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) :
1. Surfing at Dreamland Beach or Suluban (Bluepoint) Beach
2. Visit Uluwatu Temple in the afternoon to see Kecak Dance
3. Dinner at Jimbaran Beach the famous place for it’s Seafood