Bali, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK)
Our first stop to visit in Bali is this GWK. The rented car driver suggest us to visit here since we pass by GWK while heading to Kuta beach (our second hotel in Bali). FYI, day 1 and day 2 we stayed in Le Grande Pecatu for a wedding function. From Le Grande Pecatu to GWK is about 15 minutes, 7.6km according to google map.
We knew nothing about GWK at all. I only managed to know more after came back from Bali and google the information before I posted it on blog. We actually asked the driver to suggest us what is worth to see in Bali for 3 days 2 nights.
Our first group photo with GWK signage rock in the park! It's 9.45am in the morning but the sun is scorching hot! We paid Rp.90,000 (about RM25) for the entrance fee to GWK which a little overpriced! Anyhow, Bali thrives from tourist income, so it is expected.
After the entrance, there is this square with shops selling Balinese souvenirs, food and snack warung and public toilets.
What we see next is Giant Limestone with forest on top it! Amazing with view and wonder how it built.
I am impressed with the view. We did not actually walk to the end of the other side to see what's over there as this place is huge!
Another far end we saw this staircases which lead to the Giant Bird Sculpture. Everything seems huge and giant in this park. This GWK Cultural Park is devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird who is his companion.
Plaza GarudaThis 18m tall Garuda figure sitting at the Plaza Garuda which looks like a mythical bird - Half man half bird, is the ride of Lord Wisnu.
Below the Garadu Statue there is this stone plate with engraved wording tells about the Garuda Statue.
Plaza Garuda is next to Plaza Wisnu (where Lord Wisnu's statue is). Stand at the Garuda statue, you can see Lord Wisnu's back which is not far on left.
Plaza WisnuLord Wisnu Statue in sitting at the Plaza Wisnu. The statue of Wisnu is 23 metres (75.5 ft) high. The original plan to build a 150 meters tall Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue - where Lord Wisnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. However it is still under construction till-to-date, therefore the head of Lord Wisnu and Garuda statue are now set in separate place.
Statue of Hindu God -Lord Wisnu
Description about Plaza Wisnu where you can find under the Lord Wisnu Statue.
Nothing much to see in Plaza Wisnu except Lord Wisnu Statue and this beautiful Uluwatu view in front of Lord Wisnu statue.
Overall, this place looks like still under construction, or probably construction aborted for sometimes ago as the premises seems lack of maintenance. There is an art museum with free admission but inside is kind of a store-room where they store the old statues where spider-web can be found! Also there is this very dusty mouldy smell inside making us feel nose-itchy!
Garuda Wisnu StoryAnd for those who wish to know the story of Garuda Wisnu, the stories were engraved on the wall along our way back to entrance to exit the park!
End of our visit to GWK and Next : Pura Tanah Lot.