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An epic adventure becomes a reality for people of all ages at GWK Cultural Park. A view of a breathtaking monument, classic attractions, fantasy experience and modern technology blends in and transpire as you explore this unique cultural park.
From the classic epic of the adventure of Garuda, to another excitement of watching series of Balinese dances. take an unforgettable jpurney through the unique themed area of GWK Cultural Park, when one of the world’s largest monuments, one-stop tourist spot with beautiful panoramic view, one of the best Kecak Dance performances in Ungasan Bali, and various culinary vendors, not to mention the complete selection of local souvenir shops to complement your modern cultural experience are ready for you. Bring home impressive moments along, all these await you and your family.
Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), is a cultural park covering approximation 60 ha area located in Ungasan, Badung Regency, or about 10–15 minutes driving from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. It is devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who become his companion.
(photo credit : panorimo ).
Currently, the statue of Vishnu is 23 metres (75.5 ft) high, although the original plan was for a 120-metre (390 ft) gold-plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. Garuda wing span will be 64 metres (210.0 ft) across. The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate, but some groups agree with the project, because it will make new tourist attraction over barren land.
In 2013 Nyoman Nuarta and PT Alam Sutera Realty Tbk (IDX:ASRI) joined to build villas and apartments in the GWK area in exchange for Rp150 billion ($14.4 million). Nuarta plans to spend Rp20 billion to make another bust and to move the existing bust to another site 300 meters from the original site. It plans to spend additional Rp29 billion to make the new statue of stainless steel instead of galvanized steel as proposed previous design.