Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
- 13 Desember 2017
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is located in Bukit Ungasan at Raya Uluwatu street, Ungasan Village, Sub-District of South Kuta, Badung Regency about 17 km or 16 minute from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is located on top of a limestone hill of 263 meters high above sea level (asl). From these elevation, you can also watch a stretch of the southern part of Bali Island with beaches ficing Indian Ocean. While on the north side, some airplanes come and go at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport as well as the view of Badung City. Enjoying the charm of nature from Bukit Ungasan will be even more perfect if you take time to watch the sunset.
The area of this Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is approximately 250 hectare it is planned to establish a landmark or mascot of Bali a huge statue. The statue is a statue of Lord Vishnu riding Garuda Bird. Built in 75 meters high, with the foundation of 70 meters high the wings of the Garuda Bird will also stretched 66 meters wide. The main material to manufacture the sculpture are copper and brass with a total weight of about 4.000 tons. When this project is completed in the future the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument will stand 145 meters high and it is height of statue of Liberty and it is visible from radius of up to 20 km so it can be seen from Kuta and Nusa Dua.
Initially GWK Cultural Park is design to be one of the prestigious performance venues in Bali. Like a mini city almost all facilities are available here, such as Lotus Pond surrounded by stone pillars and rock background of Garuda Bird state's head make the area with a capacity of 7500 Plaza Vishnu art shop, Exhibition Hall, Amphitheatre holding a capacity of 800 seats, Street Theatre is an outdoor stage and Jendela Bali restaurants with Jimbaran view Beach.
In addition near the statue of Lord Vishnu there is a sacred water spring named Parahyangan Somaka Giri. This water spring is believed to curve various diseases as it has very good mineral contents. The adjacent resident have used the water from Parahyangan Somaka Giri for treatment since long time ago.