Bali is more than just beautiful and exotic beach vacations. Garuda Wisnu Kencana is another popular tourist site in Bali, in addition to the beach.
This cultural park, which is located in Ungasan Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, has a giant statue. In fact, the height of Garuda Wisnu Kencana exceeds the Statue of Liberty, you know!
If you have a vacation plan to Garuda Wisnu Kencana, check out some interesting facts about this monument, which is abbreviated as GWK, let’s go.
Built for almost three decades
In 1989 started the construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana. At that time, artist I Nyoman Nuarta and officials, such as the Minister of Tourism and the Governor of Bali, began to seriously discuss this project. It wasn’t until 1990 that President Suharto approved the construction.
Had stopped because of the monetary crisis in 1998, and 15 years later began to continue the construction of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument. In total, approximately 28 years of this project have been completed
Become one of the tallest statues in the world
With a height of 121 meters and a width of 64 meters, Garuda Wisnu Kencana is one of the tallest and largest statues in the world. In fact, because of its height, we can see this statue from various areas that are quite far from the location.
When compared to the Statue of Liberty which is only 93 meters high, of course Garuda Wisnu Kencana is still superior. Of course, this is a matter of pride for the people of Indonesia, especially Bali, which has a monument as grand as this.
Copper metal is the material for making the golden garuda wisnu
The raw material for making the giant Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is copper metal. The total copper used to form the statue is 25,000 square meters.
The copper metal material which is easy to move also makes the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue covered with brass. It also serves to keep the shape of this statue perfect and resistant to damage.
Built on a former mining site
In the past, the area now occupied by the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument was a limestone mine. This happens because the land in Ungasan is actually a stretch of limestone.
At that time, there was a lot of limestone mining here which made it very damaged. Finally, I Nyoman Nuarta with his extraordinary mind initiated the construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana as a symbol of saving the environment and the world.
This magnificent statue has its own philosophy
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is a picture of Lord Vishnu riding his favorite vehicle, namely the Garuda. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu is the protector of the universe. His presence has a positive impact on life.
Garuda which is the symbol of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia symbolizes loyalty and devotion. While Kencana is a golden crown worn by Lord Vishnu and Garuda.
These five facts about Garuda Wisnu Kencana can certainly make us grateful that Indonesia has very extraordinary work. So, when will you be visiting Garuda Wisnu Kencana? Immediately plan, yes!