Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) – Location, History, Facts & Attractions

About GWK

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue or GWK Bali is a magnet that attracts tourists to visit the Island of the Gods. The 20-meter tall statue in Uluwatu, South Kuta, was inaugurated in September 2021.

History of GWK

History of GWK

GWK Bali is Indonesia’s Liberty. The architect of GWK is I Nyoman Nuarta, the founder of the GWK Foundation. The construction was begun in 1992 by the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Foundation but had encountered several obstacles, so its completion was delayed.

In 2013, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali Foundation management was taken over by PT Alam Sutera Realty Indonesia. PT Alam Sutera Realty Indonesia is one of the property development companies in Indonesia, which then began to seriously realize the project’s discourse.

GWK Bali is projected to become a Bali landmark and a cultural tourist spot well-known to foreign countries, such as the Statue of Liberty in the United States or the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

The selection of sculpture carvings is not without reason. In Hindu mythology, Balinese people believe that Garuda is a bird with positive values ​​such as toughness.

Garuda is also the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Vishnu, one of the preservers and protectors of the universe. In Hinduism, he has a role in sustaining and protecting all of God’s creations.

Because of the statue of Lord Vishnu, who wears a golden crown and is riding a vast Garuda bird, this place is named Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK). Kencana itself is the Balinese language which means ‘Gold.’

Address and Direction

BEST FOR  Family Vacation
SERVICES Kencana Photo Studio & Segway Fun Ride
ADDRESS Uluwatu St, Ungasan, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364
CONTACT DETAILS +62 (361) 700 808 – 

GWK Bali located in a cultural park with an area of ​​240 hectares. The address or location of GWK Bali is on Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan Village, South Kuta, Badung Regency.

The location is very strategic, near the Bali International Airport, namely Ngurah Rai International Airport. Getting to the site from the airport only takes 15-20 minutes.

You can take public transportation or private vehicles for visitors who want to go to these tourist attractions. If you are confus about the route, you can use Google Maps by typing the keyword ‘GWK Bali.’ Easy as that!

Tourist Attractions and Activities

Things to do in GWK

Besides seeing a fantastic giant statue and learning about its history, GWK Bali also has several super-complete tourist facilities that will undoubtedly spoil anyone who visits.

While here, tourists can relish various traditional Balinese dance performances from 10.00 – 19.15 WITA. Interestingly, visitors do not have to buy tickets to see the performance. All shows are free to watch!

When traveling, of course, it feels incomplete without shopping. While at GWK Bali, you can shop for souvenirs at Street Theater, a famous spot in the GWK area. Besides shopping, visitors can also eat here.

Opening Hour & Entrance Fee

Last Update 01 May 2022

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali is open from 09:00 – 20:00 every day.

Category Ticket Promo
Adult (height 130 cm and above) IDR 125,000. IDR 110,000.
Child (Height 100 cm – 130 cm) IDR 100,000. IDR 94,000.
Enter the GWK statue inner area. Last tour at 17:00. IDR 50,000.

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana entrance ticket promo is valid until March 31, 2023.

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