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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park


Jl Ulu Watu goes south of Jimbaran, climbing 200m up the peninsula’s namesake hill, affording views over southern Bali.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is the yet-to-be-completed, potentially huge cultural park that is meant to be home to a 66m-high statue of Garuda. This Brobdingnagian dream is supposed to be erected on top of a shopping and gallery complex, for a total height of 146m.

So far the only completed part of the statue is the large bronze head. The buildings that do exist are mostly empty. However, besides the perverse fascination with big things gone bad, there’s another good reason to visit the site: the views. From a small cafe off the parking lot there are sweeping vistas across all of south Bali. And if it’s clear enough to see the volcanoes, then GWK is a must-stop off the main Ulu Watu road.

About 2km south off GWK is a vital crossroads with a useful landmark, the Nirmala Supermarket. There are ATMs and a few cafes here.

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