Hi travela friends, this time we will discuss Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park GWK Bali which is one of the myriad tourist attractions on this island of the gods.
A multitude of tourist attractions in Bali can be found ranging from natural tourism, culinary tourism, educational tourism to Balinese cultural tourism which is world famous and will never end.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK
You will find manifestations of thousands of works of art by famous Balinese maestro sculptors in every corner Bali Island / island of the gods.
The blood of art, religion and culture has been flowing for a long time in every Balinese's blood and veins. Forming a combination of culture and art and amazing beauty that we can see and enjoy to this day.
All the artistic and cultural gifts of the island of Bali are neatly preserved in the fabric of Balinese community life.
However, there is one place that displays a masterpiece of art, the largest sculpture which is said to be taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Namely an iconic statue of Lord Vishnu riding a Garuda bird. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park or what is often abbreviated as GWK Bali.
Witnessing the splendor of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue GWK Bali at an altitude of 263 meters above sea level.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Entrance Ticket
Starting from the entrance gate to the cultural park area GWK Culture Park Today, Travela has been presented with the beauty of gardens and buildings as well as exotic garden lighting.
A large parking lot and a neat and clean ticket booth have been arranged very well and professionally by the developer of the GWK Bali area.
Visitors are required to pay an entrance ticket to enjoy all the beauty of tourism at Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK.
GWK Ticket Publish Price if you buy directly at GWK are:
On Weekday (Monday Friday) adults are charged Rp. 125.000 per person. But our promo is only Rp. 95.000 per person.
While Weekend (Saturday Sunday) ticket prices can be more expensive.
There is no entry fee for children under 3 years old or Infant.
This GWK Bali ticket is updated on 03 Jan – 31 Mar 2023 prices are subject to change at any time.
Online Price 03 Jan – 31 March 2023
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- To go up to the GWK Statue (23rd floor) there is an additional fee IDR 50.000/pax.
- And Buggy Ticket Prices IDR 30.000/pax.
Lunch All You Can Eat
- Daily Buffet All You Can Eat IDR 160.000/pax ready every day. Minimum order is 2 pax (reservation required).
For travel friends who are on holiday with family or group size and don't want to bother looking for lunch while at GWK, you can choose 2 classy restaurants in the GWK area.
That is GWK Home and Window Bali Resto. Of course with halal, Indonesian & international menus served.
For Window Bali Resto, you can re-consult or contact us again for prices and menus.
This tourist spot since November 26, 2021 (pandemic period) is open from 09:00 - 18:00 WITA.
Special for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, GWK is open from 09.00 – 19.00 WITA
GWK Cultural Park Attractions
Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali. This place is always busy with tourists from both within and outside the country every day.
You can get lots of free shows
- FREE WATCHING BUMBUNG JOGED AT 16.30 WITA
- FREE WATCHING NEW GWK KECAK DANCE STARTING AT 18.00 WITA
- FREE ENTRY ASANA ARTSEUM 09.00:18.00 – XNUMX:XNUMX
- FREE ENTRY TO THE OGOH-OGOH MINI EXHIBITION
As a cultural park, Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK has various interesting attractions, starting from enjoying the sunset, watching the Ramayana dance, cultural theater entertainment from morning to evening and of course the magnificent Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.
Many tourists say, GWK Garuda Wisnu Kencana, one of the best tourist attraction in Bali that must be visited.
Curious? Let's look at the following Garuda Wisnu Kencana review.
GWK Bali Location
GWK Cultural Park Bali Located at Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan Village, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali. If from Ngurah Rai airport riding a motorbike (motorbike rental in bali), you should travel about 15 to 20 minutes if the traffic is smooth.
If you don't know the location, you can also use Google Maps or Car Rental in Bali and the driver and asked the driver to deliver directly to the location.
The choice of car rental is more practical because usually this cultural park is always crowded by visitors and must find a parking location far from the entrance counter.
If you rent a car and driver, when you get there you are immediately dropped off at the counter. So no need to bother looking for and parking your car.
Attractions & Shows
It must have crossed your mind, what the heck can be found there?
Even though the main menu is the giant statue of Garuda Wisnu, in the GWK area you can also enjoy various cultural performances at various facilities such as:
- Barong & Keris Dance at the Amphitheater
- Balinese Dance at the Amphitheater
- Rindik Instruments at Jendela Bali
- Garuda Wisnu Ballet at the Amphitheater
- Balinese Barong, Monkey, Rangda Dance at the Amphitheater
- Balinese Cultural Parade at Lotus Pond . Street Theater
- Joged Bumbung Dance at Street Theatre
- Acoustic music performance by Trio Acoustic
GWK is also one of the places where tourists can watch Kecak dance performances on the Island of the Gods besides Kecak dance in Uluwatu.
The Kecak dance performance opened with a parade of Kecak Dancers at the Lotus Pond Street Theater, then continued with a dance performance Kecak at the Amphitheater.
In addition to cultural performances, here is also a place to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
GWK Bali Sculpture History
The GWK cultural park has various attractions, but the main dish is the Garuda Wisnu statue.
This statue is very majestic and tall and is a suitable place to take fun photos. To find out more about this statue, let's look at the facts about the GWK statue.
This statue was built and carved by maestro I Nyoman Nuarta and is planned to be 120 meters high and 60 meters wide which makes it taller than the Statue of Liberty in America.
Of course, when this statue is finished, the people of Bali in particular and Indonesia in general will be very proud of the splendor of this statue.
Development since 1992
The idea to build the Garuda Wisnu statue began in 1990, and began in 1992 by the Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK Foundation. However, in 1997, development experienced obstacles due to the monetary crisis.
So more or less the construction of this statue took 28 years. Thanks to the hard work of the parties involved, this statue was completed in 2018 to be exact on September 26.
It was inaugurated by the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, in the GWK Cultural Park area.
The purpose of building this giant statue was not for Hinduism, but to give Indonesia a new icon, namely a landmark that is famous abroad.
In addition, carved with Balinese sculpture, GWK will indirectly promote Balinese culture.
Two years to find the location
With that size and height, of course the right location is needed, moreover, this statue will become a proud landmark of Bali Indonesia.
After the concept of the statue was completed, it took approximately 2 years to find the right location.
The current location of GWK Cultural Park was previously a wild limestone quarry that had been abandoned in a bad condition and no plants were able to live due to the lack of top soil.
In 1990, development was carried out involving the then Minister of Tourism (Ministry of Tourism), Mr. Joop Ave (late) Development Cabinet VI.
And the Governor of Bali Ida Bagus Oka (late) to start the Garuda Wisnu Kencana project and in 1993 the 2nd President of the Republic of Indonesia Suharto gave his blessing to the artist Nyoman Nuarta to make the GWK statue.
Purchased by PT Alam Sutera Reality Indonesia
After finding the location, construction began. However, in 2013, the ownership of GWK underwent a change.
PT Alam Sutera Realty Indonesia which is a well-known property development company in Indonesia that bought ownership from GWK Bali.
Targeted for completion in August 2018
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK statue which has been made since 1992 is planned to be completed in August or September 2018.
However, according to I Nyoman Nuarta, the sculptor, he is optimistic that the GWK statue will be completed before August 17 as a sweet and proud gift to welcome the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia.
This rapid development is being encouraged by the government, which wants to make GWK a venue for the IMF-World Bank meeting in October.
Consists of 754 modules
With a very large size, the Garuda Vishnu statue was built by combining modules to form a statue consisting of 754 modules. As of May 19 2018, 510 modules had been installed.
On May 13 2018, the head of the GWK statue was installed using a crane. This installed head weighs 4 tons.
Then on the 20th, Vishnu's crown will be installed at the GWK Grand Pasupati event. Approximately 70% of the modules installed so far have been installed.
The steel frame supporting the multiple modules has been completed since February 2018.
Then from May to July 2018, the module was installed every day, if the weather allowed.
So if you visit the GWK cultural park, you will see the process of installing the Garuda Wisnu statue module, of course from a safe distance.
Has a greenish color
During its construction, the statue Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK appears green. Many think that the color is because it was painted.
However, it turns out that the green color is the result of corrosion of the module plates made of copper and brass.
Inauguration and Opening Ceremony
With the target of completion in August 2018 but finally the inauguration fell in September 2018. The opening ceremony and the inauguration of the statue Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK has been carefully prepared and spectacular event.
According to I Nyoman Nuarta, in the opening ceremony there will be dance performances, and a parade that will be held from afternoon to evening.
Apart from that, there will be a video mapping of the process of building the statue and lighting the special lighting.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Jokowi.
That is complete information on the attractions of GWK Bali that you can enjoy.
Thus we have created this site page, hopefully this information will be useful for travelers who want to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK Bali.
Apart from being able to watch cultural performances, fellow travelers can also visit tourist spots around the completed Garuda Wisnu.