Take a Peek at the Long History of the GWK Statue to Become a Tourist Attraction, Interesting!

The GWK Bali statue is back in the public spotlight after being designated as venues gala dinner G20 Summit on Tuesday evening, 15 November 2022.

This statue is a well-known Balinese icon and is rich in Balinese cultural philosophy and Hinduism.

However, behind its splendor, it turns out that this statue had experienced a construction stoppage for more than a decade, you know!

How did this happen? Come on, find out the answer in the following review of the GWK statue!

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History of GWK Statue

GWK Statue

Photo: GWK Statue (Phinemo.com)

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, or GWK statue for short, is a Bali tourism icon located on Ungasan Hill, JimbaranBali.

This 121 meter tall statue is predicted to be statue the 3rd highest in the world, after the Statue of Unity (182 m) in India and The Spring Temple Buddha (153 meters) in China.

Apart from being the tallest, this statue is also touted as the largest copper statue in the world, you know!

Delving into its history, the project to build the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue was first initiated in 1989 by an artist from Bali, I Nyoman Nuarta.

Then, in 1990, the idea was approved by Suharto, who at that time served as the 2nd President of the Republic of Indonesia.

In its implementation, I Nyoman Nuarta was appointed as the architect for the construction of the statue.

Unfortunately, the construction process was halted in 1998 due to the monetary crisis that hit Indonesia.

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After being neglected for more than a decade, this project was resumed in 2013 by PT. Alam Sutera Realty Indonesia.

Previously, this development project was under the auspices of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali Foundation.

At this advanced stage, I Nyoman Nuarta was assigned to complete the development project to completion.

He took at least 120 other sculpture artists to take part in making this statue.

How could it not be, the GWK statue is made of a mixture of steel and copper weighing 4,000 tons.

Meanwhile, the construction of the statue is made of copper and brass, supported by 21,000 steel rods with a total weight of 2,000 tons and 170,000 bolts.

Uniquely, you can see all of this construction directly from the 23rd floor, you know!

This floor deliberately uses a plinth and walls made of glass so that tourists can see firsthand the construction of the building.

After construction is complete, this statue then undergoes a series of tests to test its feasibility.

The test passed is windnels test (wind resistance tests) in Australia (Windtech) and Canada (RDW), cavity test (cavity test periodically), and soil test.

Finally, the construction project for the GWK statue was completed on September 22 2018 and was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by a number of important figures, including Megawati Soekarnoputri, Try Sutrisno, Maj. Gen. TNI (Purn) Sang Nyoman Suwisna, etc.

Overall, the process of building this statue took up to 28 years with an estimated cost of IDR 450 billion.

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GWK Sculpture Philosophy

GWK Sculpture Philosophy

Photo: GWK Sculpture Philosophy (Gardunesia.com)

The design of the GWK statue is not only magnificent, but also rich in the philosophical meaning behind it.

This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo at a dinner G20 Summit in Bali on November 15, 2022.

He explained the meaning of the statue of Vishnu which he considered to be in line with the duties of leaders towards the world and humanity.

“In Balinese mythology, this statue depicts love, responsibility, courage and devotion. This is our duty to the world and humanity,” he said.

The name Garuda Wisnu Kencana refers to the statue of Lord Vishnu who wears a golden crown while riding an eagle.

In mythology HinduLord Vishnu is believed to be the guardian of the universe or “sthiti”.

The Garuda bird symbolizes loyalty and selfless devotion, as well as being the symbol of the Indonesian state.

Meanwhile, the word “Kencana” means “gold”, like a crown gold worn by Lord Vishnu.

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The GWK Statue as a Tourist Spot

Plaza Wisnu at GWK Cultural Park

Photo: Plaza Wisnu at GWK Cultural Park (Gwkbali.com)

The GWK statue is located in the tourist area of ​​GWK Cultural Park and was opened as a tourist spot since 22 September 2018.

This building consists of 30 floors, but tourists can only visit up to the 23rd floor.

The reason is, floors 24-30 are the head of Lord Vishnu which cannot be visited by just anyone.

On the 23rd floor, you can see natural scenery up to a visibility of 20 km covering the areas of Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Tanah Lot.

Meanwhile on the ground floor, you can see the long history of the development process, art exhibitions, and information about the building.

Regarding the ticket price, you need to spend IDR 95,000 per person.

This ticket price applies to adults, the elderly, to children with a height > 100 cm.

Even though it seems expensive, the cost of the entry ticket is actually quite cheap because it is included welcome drinkfree entry to the Asana Artmuseum, to see dance performances.

Dance performances are held every day every hour, starting at 11.00-18.00 WITA.

Moms can also see some Balinese dances such as Kecak danceJapanese sekar dance, seated kebyar dance, to barong dance.

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So, those are the various features of the GWK statue in Bali. If you are traveling to the Island of the Gods, don’t forget to stop by here!