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  • Writer's pictureDeb Smithers

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Bali


While taking some time out in the south of Bali, I decided to take a visit to Garuda Wisnu cultural park. Whilst staying in other areas of Bali that were more than 40 km away, I have always noticed in the distance the biggest statue to be seen on a hill far away, but upon asking for years I was always told that it was always still under construction. During this visit, I was told that it has recently been completed and is now open to the public so it's time to take a look at this much-talked-about monument.


The park is situated in Ungassen, approximately 20 minutes from Uluwatu. The monument is inspired by a very popular Hindu myth about Garuda's search for Armita, the elixir of life. As the story goes, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Vishnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother. It was designed by Nyoman Nuarta and inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodoa in September 2018, taking 5 years to complete. The monument is a whopping 122 meters high which includes a 46-meter base. It is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity and the tallest statue in Indonesia. The cultural park is 60 hectares and 263 meters above sea level with many beautiful things to experience while visiting.





The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue itself with all its detail and gold features is magnificent and when you arrive at the base its overall size is quite breathtaking. It is the fourth-largest monument in the world. Inside the base is a museum that has a large array of photos and information on the planning, design, and construction of the monument. It explains in depth the chosen Hindu characters chosen for the monument which was quite interesting to learn about.



Other features of the park also include the 2 large statues of the mythical bird Garuda and Vishnu, which are both incredible features of the park.


Vishnu




Garuda


There is a large traditionally decorated amphitheater with shows every hour of Balinese traditional dancing and performances. It includes the Oleg Tamulilingan dance which tells the story of a honeybee surrounding and teasing the bright yellow flower and of course Bali's famous Barong. The entrance fee is $12 AUD and there are shuttle carts and E scooters to help you get around easily if needed.





The park is a wonderful experience for all. You could easily see 3-4 hours in the park enjoying all it has to offer and enjoying lunch from one of the many cafes and restaurants on offer. A great day out and definitely worth a visit.





Just one of many amazing sculptures displayed in the museum of the cultural park.

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