Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park Bali

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park - GWK Ungasan Bali


Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali is located in the southern Badung area about 25 minutes from Kuta. It was very easy to access it from Ngurah Rai Airport and hotels in Nusa Dua. Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) Bali is located in limestone hills and rocks, precisely on the Pecatu hill, Nusa Dua.


View of Garuda Wisnu Kencana


Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali Cultural Park is an area of 240 hectares. There are supporting facilities that you can enjoy such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, and Jendela Bali. The Panoramic Resto and also a gift shop. There are many variant cultural performances every day at Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The Barong Dance show is the most popular show there as well as traditional Balinese music performances. Various uniqueness and beauty of Bali are both seen in the history, tradition, cultural customs, art, and panoramic attraction. Of the many tourist attractions in Bali, one of which is the abbreviation Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) Bali is a window into the island's cultural arts with a stunning natural setting and panoramic view, making it one of the main destinations for various art performances, exhibitions, conferences, and religious visits.


The Story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The following is the story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana which follows the birth and deeds of the mythical bird Garuda as quoted from Wikipedia. You can find this story carved in stone relief, placed in the GWK Street Theater. In the first book of the great epic Mahabharata, the story of the birth and deeds of Garuda was told. According to the epic, when Garuda first emerges from its egg, it appears as a raging hell equal to the cosmic blaze that consumes the world at the end of every age. Out of fear, the gods begged him for mercy. Garuda, hearing their pleas, reduced in size and energy.


Garuda's father was the creator-rishi Kasyapa. His mother is Vinata, his sister is Kadru, the mother of the serpent. One day, Vinata goes inside and loses a stupid bet, as a result of which she becomes his sister's slave.
The Mahabharata mentions a bet between Kashyapa's sister and wife, Vinata, and Kadru, over the color of the Uchchaihshravas tail. While Vinata, Garuda and Aruna's mother, said it was white, Kadru said it was black. The loser must serve as the victor's servant. Kadru told his son Naga, to cover the ponytail and thus make it appear black and thus, Kadru won.


Deciding to release his mother from this bondage, Garuda approached the serpent and asked them what it would take to buy her freedom. Their answer was that Garuda should bring them the elixir of immortality, which is also called amrita. That is a high command. Amrita at that time was in the possession of the gods, who guarded her jealously because it was the source of their immortality. They had sounded the potion with a huge fire that covered the sky. They had blocked the path to the elixir with the fierce mechanical means of sharp rotating blades. And finally, they placed two giant poisonous serpents next to the elixir as deadly guards.


Undaunted, Garuda rushed to the abode of the gods who intended to rob them of their treasure. Knowing his plan, the gods met him in the full line of battle. Garuda defeats the entire host and scatters them in all directions. Taking the water from the many rivers into his mouth, he extinguished the protective fire that the gods had hurled. Reducing in size, he crept past the rotating blades of their killing machine. And finally, he destroyed the two gigantic serpents they had posted as guards. Taking the potion into his mouth without swallowing it, he launched it again into the air and headed towards the eagerly waiting serpent. On the way, he met Vishnu. Instead of fighting, the two exchanged promises. Vishnu promised Garuda the gift of immortality even without drinking from the elixir, and Garuda promised to be Vishnu's mount.


Flying forward, he met Indra the sky god. Another promise exchange took place. Garuda promised that once he delivered the elixir, thus fulfilling the serpent's request, he would allow Indra to regain possession of the elixir and bring it back to the gods. Indra promised Garuda the serpents as food. Finally, Garuda landed in front of the waiting serpents. Placing the herb on the grass, and thus freeing his mother Vinata from slavery, he urged the serpents to perform their religious ablution before consuming it. As they rushed to do so, Indra swooped in to escape with the elixir. From that day on, Garuda was the trusted ally of the gods and Vishnu's mount, as well as the sworn enemy of serpents, whom he preyed on at every turn.


Garuda Wisnu Kencana GWK Bali


This area is the original first stone and sloping then transformed into a beautiful and stunning with charming architecture. The implementation of the process is by cutting the hill into giant pillars like the buildings in Egypt but still with a Balinese feel. From Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali, we can see how beautiful Kuta Beach, Jimbaran, Bali Ngurah Rai Airport and Benoa Harbor are.


The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) Bali area is planned to be established as a landmark or mascot of Bali, in the form of a giant statue, namely the statue of Lord Vishnu riding a Garuda bird. This statue is projected to tie the layout with visibility up to 20 km so that it can be seen from Kuta and Nusa Dua. The statue made of a mixture of copper and steel weighing 4,000 tons with a height of 75 meters and a width of 60 meters was made by Balinese sculptor, I Nyoman Nuarta, and is now complete. Its height can match the Statue of Liberty in the United States. Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali Facilities:
- Lotus Pond surrounded by stone pillars and a rock background Garuda bird statue's head with a capacity of 7500 people made ​​the area ideal for a variety of grand performances, both national/international.
- Plaza Wisnu art shop sells various Balinese handicrafts.
- Exhibition Hall space to hold exhibitions.
- Amphitheater with a capacity of 800 seats and first-class acoustic arrangement is performance art.
- Street Theater is an outdoor stage for fashion shows, music concerts, and other performances.
- Jendela Bali Restaurant with panoramic of Jimbaran Beach.


When entering the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Bali area you will be encountered several pieces of natural rock pillars which high 25 feet are standing firm. Not far from Lord Vishnu's statue, there is a sacred spring called Parahyangan Somaka Giri, why say sacred, because the water is coming out of the barren limestone hills. The water is believed to cure various diseases, also used as a requirement to summon rain.

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