Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK), Bali
:: Day 3 in Bali : Our 1st sightseeing destination is a huge park with Giant craved limestone & Statues of Hindu God - Lord Wisnu & his aid - Garuda ::
Our first stop is Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK), a park that devoted to the Hindu god Vishnu, and his aid Garuda, the mythical bird who is also his companion, recommended by our hired driver when we asked him what to see in Uluwatu. It's about 15 minutes drive distance from Hotel Le-Grande.
It's 9.45am in the morning but the sun is scorching hot! Our group photo with GWK signage rock in the park! We paid IDR60,000 per pax for entrance fee. Abit overpriced but Bali thrive from tourist income so it is expected.
We first walk thru a square with lined up with arts and souvenir shops, food stalls and public toilet before reaching the main attraction point in the park.
What we see next really amazed us! Caved Giant Limestone Pillars with forest on top! This huge space with massive craved limestone pillars lined up alongside name "Lotus Pond". Lotus pond is well-known as a great place to hold big international events and able to accommodate up to 7,000 people.
The Statue of Garuda
From Lotus Pond, further up the staircases is Plaza Garuda where the 18meters tall Garuda statue located at. Garuda - the ride of Lord Wisnu, is a mythical bird - Half man half bird. The statue was said just temporarily placed till further notice (continue to read below and you will know why).
The Statue of Lord Wisnu
From Plaza Garuda we walk over to Plaza Wisnu where Lord Wisnu Statue sitting at. The statue of Hindu God - Lord Wisnu is 23 metres high. Accordingly to the original plan, the statue of Lord Wisnu is suppose to ride on the Statue of Garuda and become a 150 meters tall "Garuda Wisnu Kencana" Statue. However till-to-date it is still under construction, that is why Lord Wisnu Statue & Garuda Statue are now set in separate place.
After Plaza Wisnu, we also hop-into an art museum with free admission, but it looks like a storeroom more than museum. Old Hindu figures where spider-web cover on it, dusty and moldy smell which make us feel nose-itchy! Disappointing.
Garuda Wisnu Story
And the story of Garuda Wisnu that engraved on the wall before we make our way out from the square.
There's also a Balinese dance performance - Kecak perform daily 10am & 3pm, at the Amphitheater - free admission. Since we had watch a Balinese Dance during the wedding dinner last night, we did not go for the performance.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Badung 80364 Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (361) 700 808