Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Bukit Peninsula

Bali, Indonesia - January 2019 - Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue towers above the rocky cliffs. Located in Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park it was designed by Nyoman Nuarta and inaugurated in September 2018, 28 years since its inception. Made of brass and copper sheeting and a wingspan of 64m ,the total height of the monument is 121 m (397ft), making it Indonesia's tallest and one of the world's largest.

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After years of false starts, development of the gigantic Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is well under way. The centrepiece, completed in August 2018, is an impressive 120m-tall monument that includes a 66m-high statue of Garuda and is the largest monument dedicated to Vishnu in the world. The Brobdingnagian dream is meant to be on top of a shopping and gallery complex, but for now, there's not much of a draw beyond the statue to justify the entrance fee.