It would not be wrong to call Bali a tourist paradise. How come?! Not only captivating with natural and cultural beauty, the Island of the Gods also captivates the eyes of every tourist with the beauty of art and culture. Apart from temples and old historical buildings, this island across from Banyuwangi Regency, East Java also has beautiful and magnificent places, namely Garuda Wisnu Kencana or GWK Cultural Park Alam Sutra.
Giant Culture Park
As the name suggests, GWK Cultural Park Alam Sutra is a cultural park with a statue of Lord Vishnu riding the Garuda bird as its main icon. Unmitigated, this statue has a height of up to 121 meters. This size even beats the height of the Statue of Liberty in the United States, which is stuck at 93 meters. Wow!
Apart from the statue of Lord Vishnu riding Garuda, in this 200-hectare tourist park complex there are also other giant statues. One of them is the Garuda Head statue which rises to a height of 18 meters. The place where this statue stands is also called Plaza Garuda which is a large alley with pillars carved from limestone and forming a wide open space. This open space that goes by the name lotuspond this then becomes an important spot in GWK Cultural Park Alam Sutra to hold various big events both national and international level.
It's not an exaggeration to call GWK Cultural Park a masterpiece of Indonesian art in the modern era. Initiated directly by a native Balinese artist, I Nyoman Nuarta in 1989 ago, the construction of this cultural park was winding. Apart from taking a long time, the construction also experienced 'difficult times'. After laying the first stone in 1997, construction was halted in 1998 due to the monetary crisis. Luckily, in 2013 PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk. acquired an 82% stake in this cultural park, so that the rebuilding could proceed. Because of that acquisition, there is the name Alam Sutra behind GWK Cultural Park. The construction of this iconic statue was finally completed after more than 2 decades following its inauguration and was inaugurated on 22 September 2022 by President Joko Widodo.
Enjoy the beauty of GWK
Apart from enjoying the masterpieces of sculpture, you can also see the Kecak Dance performance at GWK. Travel buddy no need to worry about being left behind, because the show is always there every day, starting at 18.00 WIT. Meanwhile, to enjoy a variety of interesting buildings or other beauty of this cultural park, Travel buddy can choose to use shuttle bus which has been provided.
That's so interesting, it's not wrong if GWK Cultural Park Alam Sutra is a tourist spot that must be visited when you go to Bali. Explore further the beauty of this mega cultural park by coming in person. Don't forget, contact Gotravela Indonesia to get tickets to GWK at the best price. (y)