Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK)

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) or Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, is a private cultural park. GWK is set in the rocky and hilly area of Bukit Jimbaran with Uluwatu to the west and Nusa Dua to the east, in what was once a limestone quarry.

One of Indonesia’s most renowned modern sculptors, Nyoman Nuarta was commissioned to create the huge statue of God Wisnu sitting on Garuda, the mythical bird that carries him. In Balinese culture Wisnu is the god that represents water, protects the environment and makes a balance between human and nature.
When the project began in 1995, GWK was expected to be completed in 2000, but the project has been on hold for almost a decade.The idea was not without controversy, and religious authorities on the island complained that its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the island, and that its commercial nature was inappropriate.

It currently takes up to 240 hectares, the statue of Vishnu is 23 metres (75.5 ft) high, although the original plan was for a 146-metre (479 ft) gold-plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11-storey entertainment complex. When it's completed, it will be the largest statue in the world.

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