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gwk, badung places of interest

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is a tourist destination to see a large cultural park with various kinds of entertainment and attractions at Garuda Wisnu Kencana. One of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign and domestic tourists, the mainstay of the largest statue in Bali is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue which is estimated to be taller than the Statue of Liberty. With a design that is very characteristic of Balinese carvings, this statue has become one of the best statues and has become an icon of the beloved island of Bali. If you visit the island of Bali, it would be good if you visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana and complete your adventure in spending time while on holiday on the island of Bali.

What you need to know about Garuda Wisnu Kencana:

Location of Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali is one of Badung places of interest located in the southern Badung area, about 20 minutes from Kuta. Access is very easy from Ngurah Rai Airport and hotels in Nusa Dua. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) Bali is located on limestone and coral hills, precisely on the Nusa Dua hill, Pecatu-Badung Regency which is about 40 kilometers south of Denpasar City, Bali, approximately 30 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai if using a vehicle motorized. The location is very easy to find, armed with Google Maps you can easily find the location of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, apart from that at every road intersection there are directions showing the location of Garuda Wisnu Kencana. And if you are confused about finding the location of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, you can contact us at Bali Exotic Tour and we will prepare transportation for you to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana at a very cheap price and very satisfying service and will be delivered by an experienced driver. this trip turned out to be very enjoyable.

Process of Building the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is made from a mixture of copper and steel and weighs around 3,000 tons and was done by I Nyoman Nuarta, who has a studio working on the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue module in Bandung, creating a statue design consisting of 24 statues. segments with a total of 754 modules. The finished modules were sent to Bali in stages, this process took a very long time and was stopped due to financial constraints and was continued again so that in 2015 the construction of this largest statue was finally completed, after waiting for 28 years. to finally finish. With a height of 121 meters above ground level and 271 meters above sea level with a visibility of up to 20 km, you can see Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Tanah Lot from here. Not only that, the GWK statue is also one of the tallest in the world, beating the Statue of Liberty in the United States. And the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on September 22 2018. The inauguration of this statue was the culmination of the 28th anniversary of the construction of GWK. This inauguration also had the theme “Knitting Indonesia One” by featuring 300 dancers.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Natural View

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is an area with an area of 240 hectares. There are supporting facilities that you can enjoy, such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, Window Bali The Panoramic Resto and souvenir shop. There are many cultural performances every day at GWK. The Barong Dance performance is the most popular performance there and is also a traditional Balinese music performance.
The uniqueness and beauty of Bali is presented in terms of history, traditions, cultural customs, art and panoramic attractions. Of the many tourist attractions in Bali, one of them is the abbreviated Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali cultural park is a window into the island’s art and culture with a stunning natural backdrop and panorama, making it one of the main destinations for various art performances, exhibitions, conferences or religious visits.

The story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The following is the story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana which follows the birth and actions of the mythical bird Garudaas, quoted from Wikipedia. You can find this story carved on a stone relief placed at the GWK Street Theater. The story of Garuda’s birth and deeds is told in the first book of the great epic Mahabharata. According to the epic, when Garuda first emerges from his egg, he appears as a raging fire equivalent to the cosmic blaze that scorches the world at the end of every age. Frightened, the gods begged him for mercy. Garuda, hearing their pleas, reduced his size and energy. Garuda’s father was the creator-sage Kasyapa. His mother was Vinata, and his sister was Kadru, mother of snakes. One day, Vinata gets involved and loses in a stupid bet, which results in her becoming her sister’s slave. The Mahabharata mentions a bet between Kashyapa’s sisters and wives, Vinata and Kadru, about the color of Uchchaihshrava’s tail. Meanwhile, Garuda and Aruna’s mother Vinata said white, Kadru said black. The loser must be the servant of the winner. Kadru told his son, Naga (“snake”), to cover his horse’s tail to make it appear black and thus, Kadru won.

Deciding to release his mother from this bondage, Garuda approached the snakes and asked them what it would take to purchase his freedom. Their answer was that Garuda should bring them the elixir of immortality, also called amrita. It was a difficult task. Amrita was at that time in the possession of the gods, who guarded it jealously, for it was the source of their immortality. They rang the potion with great flames that covered the sky. They had blocked the path to the elixir with vicious mechanical devices in the form of sharp, rotating blades. And finally, they placed two giant poisonous snakes next to the potion as deadly guards. Undaunted, Garuda rushed to the residence of the gods with the intention of seizing their treasures. Learning of his plans, the gods met him in full battle array. Garuda, however, defeated the entire army and scattered them in all directions. By taking the waters of many rivers into his mouth, he extinguished the protective fire that the gods spewed out. Reducing his body size, he slithered past the spinning blades of their killing machine. And finally, he destroyed the two giant snakes they had placed as guards. Taking the potion into his mouth without swallowing it, he launched it again into the air and headed towards the eagerly waiting snake. On the way, he met Vishnu. Instead of fighting, the two exchanged promises.

Vishnu promises Garuda the gift of immortality even without taking the elixir, and Garuda promises to become Vishnu’s mount. Flying next, he met Indra, the god of the sky. Another exchange of promises took place. Garuda promised that after he delivered the elixir, thus fulfilling the snakes’ request, he would enable Indra to recover the elixir and take it back to the gods. Indra then promised Garuda a snake as food. Finally, Garuda landed in front of the waiting snakes. Placing the concoction on the grass, and thereby freeing his mother Vinata from her bondage, he urged the snakes to perform ablution before eating her. As they rush to do so, Indra bursts in with the elixir. From then on, Garuda became an ally of the gods and a trusted steed of Vishnu, as well as a mortal enemy of snakes, who fell prey to him at every turn.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is the icon of the island of Bali

This area used to be original rocks and steep slopes, then became beautiful and amazing with charming architecture. The process is implemented by cutting the hill into giant pillars like buildings in Egypt but still with a Balinese feel. From Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali we can see how beautiful Kuta Beach, Jimbaran, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport and Benoa Harbor are. In the Garuda Wisnu Kencana area, it is planned that a landmark or Bali Icon will be erected in the form of a giant statue, namely a statue of the God Vishnu riding the Garuda bird. This statue is planned to have a tie layout with a visibility of up to 20 km so that it can be seen from Kuta and Nusa Dua. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is a symbol of the mission to save the environment and the world. This statue, made from a mixture of copper and steel, weighing 4,000 tonnes, 75 meters high and 60 meters wide, was created by Balinese sculptor, I Nyoman Nuarta, and if completed, it could rival the Statue of Liberty in the United States.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana facilities

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a tourist destination that has a very large area, where GWK functions as a cultural park, where you can see various arts from the island of Bali and there is also a large yard as a place for picnics and family recreation. and friends. Garuda Wisnu Kencana is also often used in organizing large events such as concerts or exhibitions, with the very large statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana it will make the atmosphere of visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana very pleasant, there are several facilities that you can use or visit at Garuda Wisnu Kencana are as follows

  • The Lotus Pond, which is surrounded by stone pillars and has a stone background of the Garuda bird head statue, has a capacity of 7,500 people, making this area ideal for various grand performances, both national and international.
  • Plaza Wisnu art shop which sells various Balinese crafts.
  • Exhibition Hall space to hold exhibitions.
  • The 800-seat amphitheater and first-class acoustic setup is a performance art form.
  • Street Theater is an outdoor stage for music concerts, fashion shows and other performances.
  • “Jendela Bali” restaurant with panoramic views of Jimbaran Beach.

When entering the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali area, you will find several natural stone pillars as high as 25 feet that stand firmly. Not far from the statue of Lord Vishnu there is a holy spring called Parahyangan Somaka Giri, why it is said to be holy, because the water comes out of the barren limestone hills. The water is believed to cure various diseases, and is also used as a condition to summon rain.

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