Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Uluwatu: How To Reach, Best Time &

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park Tours & Activities

About Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

This beautiful tourist destination is dedicated to the Hindu lord Vishnu and Garuda, who is believed to be his mount as per Hindu mythology. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana was constructed to form the tallest statue in Indonesia. The structure draws inspiration from a story from the Hindu mythology.

It is believed that Garuda allowed himself to become the mount of Lord Vishnu, in exchange for the promise of an elixir of life for his mother. 

The construction of the structure was done amid controversies, with a few patrons citing that the huge structure might bring imbalance to the spirituality of the island. Others saw this as a commercial opportunity on a near deserted island which gave way to its construction. 

The architect behind the construction of this 75 metre tall and 65 metre wide statue is Nyoman Nuarta. The total height of the structure, after counting the pedestal base is 121 metre, which makes it 30 metre taller than the Statue of liberty.

It is said that the weight of the structure is almost 4000 tonnes and is composed of brass and copper. The monument was inaugurated recently in September 2018 and since then, has been a centre of attraction for tourists in Indonesia. 

This 240 hectare cultural park is located at the south end of Bali. The park is divided into numerous phases, with each of them depicting a different phase of the park. Today, this cultural park has become one of the most iconic tourist attractions of the city.

The reason why it has become a tourist hot spot is that people wish to come and witness the remarkable spectacle of the Hindu mythology, which has been constructed as the largest statue in the world. Undoubtedly, you should visit this enchanting place on your trip to Bali.

How to Reach Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

From Airport?

The park is located in Ungasan of the Badung Regency and is located at a driving distance of 10 – 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International airport. Visitors can easily hire a cab outside the airport to get to the cultural park. At times, one may also catch a shuttle service operating between the airport and the city. 

Best Time to Visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

The months from April to June are regarded as the best time to visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural park. You may want to avoid the peak noon time to visit the park and avoid the harsh sun. Any time after 4 in the evening is best for a visit to the park.

What Not to Miss at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Thing to do at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

1. Watch the Balinese Kecak dance at amphitheatre : This is a one of its kind of experience that will leave you thrilled and give you an insight into the ancient rituals and dramatic performance of the locals here. The chants of the acapella chorus are a thing worth experiencing. 

2. Catch the Joged Bumbung of the street theatre :
Get a chance to dance along to the Joged Bumbung Dance tunes which was created by farmers in the old age. The popularity of the dance form is such that it has also been included in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage forms. 

3. Watch an animation movie at the Garuda Cinema : Watch the iconic Garuda Cilik, which is an animation movie. The film even won an award for being one of the best short animated films in the year 2015. 

4. Splurge at the Beranda : When you get hungry after exploring the Garuda Wisnu Park, you can complete your trip with an exotic meal from the Beranda which serves some of the best traditional and local food in the vicinity. 

5. Take a ride at the lotus pond : The Lotus Pond is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in the park. A Segway fun ride can be booked at a reasonable price to explore the vicinity. 

Other Essential Information About Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Location : Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Timings : Monday to Sunday; 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Price (for locals and for foreigners) : 


Adults : RP 125,000 

Children (5 – 12 years) : RP 100,000

Inner statue side : RP 200,000

Foreigners : 

Adult :  IDR 1,25,000

Child (5 -12 years) : IDR 100,000

Child smaller than 5 years and height less than 100 cm : Free

Inner side of statue : IDR 200,000

History of Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

The construction activity on the Garuda Wisnu Kencana was initiated by the Garuda Kencana Foundation in the year 1992. It took a time span of two years for the foundation to locate a suitable spot for the construction of the park at such a massive scale. The statue of Lord Vishnu, represents the Hindu religion, which is also followed by many people in Bali.

The statue can be seen holding different items in his hands, including a lotus flower, mace, conch and discus. At the same time, the bird, Garuda symbolises a watchful protector and is believed to be the mightiest bird among all. The location of the statue at Ungasan, seems to watch over the island. 

The statue adds a remarkable feature to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park, which sprawls across 60 hectares of land. It is believed that the park can accommodate up to 70,000 people at a time. 

The development of the structure has been done by expert architects who have designed the complex structure with immense creativity, ensuring that all joints of the structure are fixed with precision. It took a time span of 2000 hours to lay down the tesserae structures and complete the irregular design of the Lord and the bird.

Tips for Visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

1. When visiting the park, do not miss out on the traditional performances and films which are portrayed at the park. They are a one of a kind of experience that you must not miss. 

2. Take the GWP Loop, which is a shuttle service and takes you around the park, saving you from feeling exhausted. A ticket costs RP 20,000. 

3. If you want to know about the history of the park, visit the amphitheatre, where you will find ample information about the park. 

4. Get to know the schedule of the activities that will be held in the park on the day of your visit. 

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People Also Ask About Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

  1. What material used to make the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue?

    The complete art work of the statue of Lord Vishnu and the bird Garuda, is composed of copper and brass material. The entire structure is supported by 21,000 steel bars and 170,000 bolts. Copper and brass sheeting is used to make the statue while a framework of stainless steel and concrete core column has been used to make the statue stand upright.

    The symbolic crown of Lord Vishnu is designed with gold mosaics. To bring out the beauty of the structure, special lighting arrangements have also been made to decorate the statue. The statue has been placed on top of a building base. 

  2. When was the built of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue completed?

    The 4000 tonne statue of Lord Vishnu and Garuda was completed on 31st July 2018 and was later inaugurated by the President of Indonesia on 22nd September 2018. The statue resides in the cultural park, which covers an area of 60 hectares.
  3. Who made the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue?

    The idea of the statue and its construction was designed by Nyoman Nuarta. It is believed that together with the help of the Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications, Mr Joop Ave, he designed and built the structure of Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
  4. Who is Nyoman Nuarta?

    Nyoman Nuarta is an Indonesian origin sculptor. It was his vision to build the statue. It is believed that together with the help of the Minister of Tourism, Post and Telecommunications, Mr Joop Ave, he designed and built the structure of Garuda Wisnu Kenacan as we know it today.

    It was their dream to create this statue, which would become the most iconic structure and landmark in all of Indonesia. Manifesting the religious sentiments of a majority of the population in Indonesia, the statue is a legacy, according to Nyoman, for the future generations to come who would revel in this craftsmanship.
  5. What is the height of the statue

    The iconic statue of Lord Vishnu and Garuda, his mount, masts as high as 75 metre. Also measuring it along with the pedestal on which it stands, the total height of the structure mounts to 121 metre, or 397 feet. It makes the statue almost 98 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.

    The entire structure is as high as a 21 storey building. The statue is also 65 metre wide, which makes the proportions of the length and breadth of the structure almost equivalent. The surface area of the entire structure is almost close to 22000 square metre.