Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park ( GWK )
Indonesia Largest iconic landmark
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is an acronym for Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a multipurpose cultural park in Jakarta. It is located in the Ungasan Hills, about 5 kilometers south of the main Jimbaran area, and encompasses 2.5 square kilometers. It's roughly 260 meters above sea level, with breathtaking views of the island and the sea. An amphitheatre, an exhibition gallery, open-air venues, restaurants, a souvenir shop, an art market, a massage center, and ATV and Segway rentals are among the amenities available.
Highlights from Garuda Wisnu Kencana
A massive statue showing the beneficent Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical garuda eagle is the major attraction. The 121-meter-tall monument rests on a 46-meter-high pedestal, making it one of Southeast Asia's tallest structures.
Plaza Wisnu, on the park's highest level of grounds, hosts cultural performances and world-class events on a regular basis. You'll also come across Parahyangan Somaka Giri, a natural spring said to have mystical healing properties. The water is high in minerals that have medicinal properties.
The Lotus Pond, made out of enormous quarried limestone stones, is the largest outdoor facility in Garuda Wisnu Kencana. The 4,400-square-meter space can accommodate up to 7,500 people for large-scale events like music concerts and fashion displays. The GWK Amphitheatre can hold up to 800 people and has excellent acoustics. Don’t ever miss the opportunity to watch Kecak Dance every 6.30 pm in Lotus open theatre.
The primary commercial location where tours begin and end is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Street Theatre. A GWK souvenir shop, a Bali Art Market store, and a reflexology center are all located here. Carvings on four limestone walls represent the narrative of Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
The Balairung Dewi Sri is a free exhibition hall where you may get your nails painted and your hair braided. It also includes a movie about the creation of the GWK statue, also known as Panca Yadnya (Balinese Hindu 5 holy offerings). The video is available for purchase at the GWK souvenir shop. Every day at 5 p.m., a Balinese parade will take place around Garuda Wisnu Kencana.