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Published September 27th 2016
Culture, views and colossal statues all in one place
This cultural park is only a short 30 minute drive from the main tourist area of Kuta. You can arrange your own transport by talking to one of the many drivers on Kuta or Legian beach. They can take you there and back, alternatively you may choose to book a tour combining other attractions along the way, whichever way you go it is well worth the visit.
Garuda Wisnu Kencana or GWK covers an area of approximately 60 hectares, it was built in honour to the Hindu God Vishnu and his mythical bird companion Garuda. Although the original size for Vishnu's statue was supposed to be a 120m; it is an impressive 23 metres. Garuda's wing span is under construction to reach 64m in length.
GWK was also built in an attempt to boost the island's tourism, however there has been strong opposition from religious groups and the local community who think the size of these structures will disrupt the island's spiritual balance. It does feel in a way like a tourist trap and the park itself is a bit desolate given it's under construction status.
For those looking at escaping the busy tourist areas, soak in some impressive views of the tropical island and see some magnificent statues, GWK is the perfect quick escape. There are also a few eateries, souvenir stores and traditional Balinese performances throughout the day. The park charges and entrance fee and all food must be purchased separately.