The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK Bali) has become a popular tourist attraction in Bali. Since the built completion of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, many of our Bali tour package customers who asked for Bali vacation itineraries requested routes to visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Then how about you? I am sure you are interested in having a holiday in Garuda Wisnu Kencana! Therefore on this page, I will share my GWK Bali vacation experience.
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If you want to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana with your family, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll share our experience of vacationing at GWK Bali and provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by tourists. Learn all you need to know to make the most of your visit to this iconic cultural park.
The GWK Bali vacation experience is based on my experience visiting the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park in Bali. Hopefully, by sharing my GWK Bali vacation experience, you get an overview before deciding on a vacation to GWK Bali.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Besides my GWK Bali vacation experience, you also will find other information. This is about questions tourists often ask before they have a holiday at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Frequently asked questions such as;
- What material was used to make the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue?
- When was the building of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue completed?
- Who made the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue?
- Who is Nyoman Nuarta?
- Where is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue located?
- What is the reliable method to get the GWK Bali location?
- Opening hours of GWK Bali?
- How much is the entry price to enter the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park?
I will answer all the questions above as short as possible. Knowing general information about the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park will benefit you when you vacation to GWK Bali.
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What Material Used To Make GWK Statue?
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue made outer park is made from copper and brass sheeting with 75 modules weight around 900 Tons. Also, the steel used for the frame weighs around 1.300 tons.
Also, it creates weather-resistant copper and brass coated with platinum acid. The Wisnu God crown is covered with golden inlays. With an estimated weight of a statue weighing 3,000 tons with a height of 121 meters.
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When The Statues Finish & Who Design It?
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue was completed on August 4, 2018, and opened to the public on September 22, 2018. The statue designer and idea originator of Garuda Wisnu Kencana is Mr. I Nyoman Nuarta. Mr. I Nyoman Nuarta is one of the prominent sculptors owned by Indonesia, and Mr. Nyoman Nuarta was born in Tabanan Bali in 1951.
Where is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue Location?
The address of the GWK Cultural Park is Jalan Uluwatu, Ungasan Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali province.
The location of GWK Bali is very strategic because it is close to many famous tourist attractions in Bali. Especially tourist attractions in the southern part of the island of Bali. The location area of the GWK Bali statue is within the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park area.
What are the famous tourist attractions in southern Bali close to GWK Bali? The following are popular tourist attractions in south Bali close by with the Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
- Bali Pandawa Beach.
- Uluwatu Temple.
- Sanur Beach Bali.
- Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua.
- Jimbaran Beach, Bali.
- Melasti Beach Ungasan.
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The Best Way to Go to a GWK Location?
Answering questions about the best way to head to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park location are very relative because each tourist has a different holiday budget for Bali.
Suppose you want to save money on vacation transportation costs in Bali. In that case, Bali’s best vacation transportation option is a motorcycle. On the island of Bali, there are many cheap motorbike rental services at varied prices. The average motorbike rental price in Bali is from IDR 100,000 – to IDR 300,000, according to the type of motorbike.
However, if you want comfort in transportation, it’s a good idea to use a taxi or a Bali rental car. Looking for Bali rental car services is very easy. You can easily find a Bali rental car service provider on Google. You can rent a Toyota Avanza, Toyota Kijang Innova, Isuzu ELF microbus rental, or use a tourist bus.
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GWK Opening Hours?
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park opens daily, except if a significant event is held in GWK Bali. Bali GWK Ungasan’s opening hours are from 09:00 – 21:00.
The average tourist who visits the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park takes 2 hours. The best time to visit GWK Bali is in the afternoon, around 16:00. The sun is not too hot, and at 18:30, there is a Kecak dance performance at GWK Bali.
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GWK Bali Vacation Experience With Family
My wife gave me the idea to have a family vacation by visiting the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park. My wife is curious and wants to see firsthand the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, completed on August 4, 2018.
Then my wife and I conveyed the idea of a holiday to GWK Ungasan Bali to our children. Two of our children agree to have a holiday to GWK Ungasan, and one of our children disagrees. However, with persuasion, our children finally decided to visit GWK culture park Bali.
We leave early, at around 10:00, from home. But not to go directly to GWK Bali. Due to heat and the Kecak dance performance at GWK Ungasan starting at 18:30.
We are heading from our house to Padang’s culinary places in the Tanjung Benoa tourism area. The site’s name to eat is Rumah Makan Padang Rindu Rasa, which serves only halal food. Therefore, if you want halal food around Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua Bali, you can try dining at Rumah Makan Padang Rindu Rasa Nusa Dua.
After lunch, I invited my children to visit the Mall Bali Collection in the ITDC Nusa Dua tourism area. Mall Bali Collection is one of our family’s favorite shopping places because the atmosphere is comfortable and not too crowded. After a walk around the Nusa Dua Bali Collection mall, without notice, the time is running fast and showing at 3:30 p.m.
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Journey to GWK Bali
At 15:40, we departed from Nusa Dua Bali Collection Mall towards the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park location, with travel time from Nusa Dua to GWK Ungasan around 45 minutes.
We know that if we go to GWK from the Jimbaran area, the road must be jammed in the afternoon. So we decided on another route that leads to Melasti Beach in Ungasan. According to estimates, it turned out to be correct; there was a traffic jam on Jalan Raya Uluwatu Ungasan.
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Vehicle Parking Rates at GWK
After passing the road congestion at Jalan Raya Uluwatu, our family entered GWK culture park Ungasan. Then we headed to the parking lot. Before arriving at the parking lot, we pay the vehicle parking fee. Because we as a family use a car, we pay for vehicle parking at GWK Ungasan for IDR 10,000 / 1 car with flat parking rates.
|Car Box / Truck / Pick-Up||IDR 20,000/Flat|
When paying for the parking ticket, the clerk asked me! How many participants will access the GWK culture park Ungasan area? I say there are two adults, two children, and one infant.
Then the clerk gave me an entry ticket booking card. The pre-order form card shows the date, car license number, and number of adult and child participants.
After providing the entrance ticket form pre-order, the officer informed me. To purchase a Garuda Wisnu Kencana entrance ticket, the pre-order form must be shown at the ticket counter.
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Arrive At The Vehicle Parking Lot
When I arrived at the parking area, I was pretty surprised. Because the vehicle parking lot at GWK is quite extensive, but it is full of vehicles. After around the parking area, I found an empty slot to park my car. It turned out that the type of car parked most of them was Toyota Avanza, Toyota Kijang Innova, and many large-size tourism buses.
My family and I headed to the GWK entrance ticket counter location from the parking area. It turned out I was right. GWK visitors when I was there booming, and the queue to pay for entrance tickets was very long. My wife and I alternately queued.
In the Plaza Bhagawan area (name of the entry ticket purchase counter), a notification shows that you must use the pre-order form to purchase the Garuda Wisnu Kencana culture park entry ticket.
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Paying Entrance Tickets at Bhagawan Plaza
After queuing up in line at Plaza Bhagawan, it was my turn to pay for the Garuda Wisnu Kencana admission fee. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana, culture park entrance tickets, are paper bracelets that visitors will tie to their wrists.
After getting the entrance ticket, my wife and I tied the paper bracelet to my children’s wrists. Then we rushed to Plaza Kencana to find the entrance to the Kura-Kura Plaza. When entering the Kura-Kura Plaza gate, we only need to show the paper bracelet on our wrist, and the clerk invites us to come in.
To get to Plaza Wisnu (the site of the Vishnu statue), you must go up the stairs and then pass through the Kura-Kura Plaza area. Based on My GWK Bali vacation experience, upon arrival at Plaza Wisnu, the visitors were dominated by school children. So taking family photos with the statue’s background at Plaza Wisnu without anyone else is challenging.
After taking a few family photos at the Plaza Wisnu, our family continued heading to the Garuda Plaza. Like in the Wisnu Plaza, the number of tourists dominated by school children is also considerable. So it’s challenging to take family photos without anyone else in the picture’s background.
From Plaza Garuda, we descend the stairs heading to the GWK Lotus Pond location. At the GWK Lotus Pond location, there are Segway activities, and you can rent a segway. At that time, my children were not interested in trying Segway. My children were more attentive to immediately seeing the statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana up close, especially my oldest child.
Festival Park – GWK Bali Vacation Experience
From the GWK Lotus Pond location, our family headed to Festival Park. You can see the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue from the Festival Park area.
After taking many family photos, my youngest child cried out, asking to go home. Want it or not, we decide to follow our most youthful child’s request. We were then passing GWK Lotus Pond, and from the Lotus Pond, we headed to the entrance gate.
After I passed the food court area adjacent to the Amphitheater, our youngest child asked for food. Then we immediately noticed she cried because she wanted to buy ice cream. After eating, we did not decide to visit the Indraloka Garden area because the Kecak dance performance in the Amphitheater would begin.
Kecak Dance Performance at GWK Amphitheater
From the food court, our family rushed to the Amphitheater. By looking at the number of visitors who come, I know if we don’t immediately look for a seat in the Amphitheater. The change is that we will not get a seat while watching the Kecak dance. It’s true. The bench in the Amphitheater is half-filled.
We sit close to the stage but not indirectly in the middle area. One by one, GWK visitors began to enter the Amphitheater area. Before the Kecak dance performance started, all the seats were occupied, and I saw some visitors sitting on the steps.
At 6:30 p.m., the Kecak dance performance in the GWK Amphitheater began.
We didn’t finish watching the Kecak dance because I was worried the Amphitheater exit door would be crammed if we vacated the Amphitheater after the show. Therefore, we left the GWK Amphitheater area before the Kecak dance performance ended.
After exiting the GWK Amphitheater area, the sky was dark. Our family decided to go to the vehicle parking lot to head home.
The GWK amphitheater, an outdoor venue, is well-known for hosting Balinese dance performances. The Kecak Dance used to be performed every night at the amphitheater, but it has been relocated to Lotus Pond. The GWK Kecak performance at Lotus Pond starts at 18:00 and ends at 18:45.
It’s worth noting that the Kecak Dance at GWK Lotus Pond is complimentary and included in the entrance fee. This differs from other locations in Bali, where you must purchase a dance performance ticket to enjoy the Balinese Kecak dance.
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Summary GWK Bali Vacation Experience
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue looks fascinating up close, with a considerable size. With time, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue will become one of the Bali tourism icons after the Tanah Lot temple, Kuta beach, and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bedugul Bali.
Finally, that’s all our GWK Bali vacation experience! Hopefully, the article on our GWK Bali vacation experience is helpful for you. Of course, you can use the holiday experience to GWK on this page as vacation tips to Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Please comment below if you have questions about a GWK Bali vacation experience!
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