Continuing from:

  • D1 ~ Jimbaran

  • Posing in front of Garuda

    Day 2, April 17, 2013 | Garuda Wisnu Kencana
    highlight: Garuda Wisnu Kencana, I Nyoman Nuarta, tips on renting motorcycle

    We woke up quite early and were well-rested, thanks to the comfortable bed of Villa Puri Royan. About 8 o’clock we have breakfast, fried noodles for mom and toast for me, while we waited for the rented motorcycle, which the hotel staff had recommended to me.

    The rent rates for the motorcycle is IDR 60.000/24 hours, a fair price I guessed, but I heard there were cheaper options. The lessor then took my ID card as guarantee and told me that the receipt they gave can be used as ID card replacement, in case of emergency.

    Here are some tips on renting motorcycles or other vehicles:

    • Ask for a contact person/emergency number in case something happen with the vehicle on the road.
    • Please check on the tires, and ask for replacement if the tires look bare and dangerous for slippery road. Do check where you want to go and if the vehicle is capable enough to get you there.
    • Do a little test-drive.
    • It’s good to know what is covered in the fee we pay for the vehicle, such as vehicle replacement for flat tires, etc.
    • You can fuss on the rented vehicles but do it nicely. A good relationship with the tenant will do you good.
    • Be a safety driver. Wear a helmet if you ride on motorcycle, or put on safety belt if you drive a car. Don’t forget to check the license.

    Anywow, as planned the day before, and as per suggestions and advices given by the hotel staff (I relied too much on them and they were all so helpful and informative!), we were going to visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, Uluwatu Temple, Kuta Beach, and last, enjoy sunset at Tanah Lot. All by ourselves, all by the motorcycle. Can you imagine how adventurous me and mom were being? Heheheeh :]

    On 9 o’clock, we were on the wheels and headed south to our first drop for the day: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Half an hour and a wrong turn later, we got there safely! Pfiuh. The entrance fee is IDR 40.000/adult with a plus IDR 5.000 for the motorcycle. For children it’s IDR 30.000, while for foreigners, either adult or children, it’s IDR 80.000 per person.

    The price was a bit over the top if you only want to sight-see, however also included in the ticket were complimentary offers such as small-size of temporary tattoo, black and white caricature, and nail arts. Oh, and you can enjoy dance performances on the Open-Theater for free! There are also other paid-activities that you can enjoy such as Segway ride and flying-fox. Check the schedules of the performances and other details on GWK’s official website here.

    The complimentary caricatures!

    Watching Balinese dance performance in the amphitheater

    The dancers. I like the colorful costumes, beautiful!

    Wait… First of all, what is Garuda Wisnu Kencana?
    This could refer to 2 things, the monument itself or the cultural park as the place that hold the monument.

    The cultural park is a 240 hectares area of limestone quarry. From the official website, it’s said that the park will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, and Exhibition Hall, as well as restaurants and souvenir shops.

    The once abandoned and unproductive limestone quarry park? Not anymore, since now it is the Lotus Pond of Garuda Wisnu Kencana.

    The monument of Garuda Wisnu Kencana is going to be a statue of Wisnu, one of the gods in Hinduism, riding on Garuda (read the heroic story of Garuda and how it meet Wisnu here). The statue is going to stand 75m tall on about 70m high platform and span about 66m wide as presented by the spread of Garuda’s wings. The statue is projected to be so huge—FYI, it’s going to weight a great deal of 4.000 tons of copper and brass—that one even can see GWK statue from Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua even Tanah Lot.

    The statue is made like a 3D puzzle, and currently there are 3 parts of it displayed in the cultural park: the statue of Wisnu, the statue of Garuda, and the hands of Wisnu; all of them have been placed temporarily in three different plazas within the park.

    The staff of GWK told me that the sculptor is I Nyoman Nuarta, who lived in Bandung, West Java, which is also the place where the sculpture is constructed before it’s shipped to and re-constructed in the park.

    I Nyoman Nuarta is a famous sculptor known for it’s preference on using copper and brass as medium. His other noted works are Jalesveva Jayamahe Monument (Surabaya), Wayang Statue (Solo), Arjuna Wijaya Monument (Jakarta), Putri Melenu Statue (Kalimantan Timur), Timika Statue (Freeport, Papua), and many. You can check his awesome achievement on his official website: or read his biography here (in Bahasa Indonesia).

    Here are some sneak peeks of Garuda Wisnu Kencana:

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but this statue of Wisnu is very charming.

    The head of brave and trustworthy Garuda.

    The finished sculpture of Garuda Wisnu Kencana is going to look like this. Can’t wait to see it for real!

    Wonderful view of Denpasar from the Wisnu Plaza.

    I can sit here and daydream all day long~

    Me and mom were charmed by the place, but again we still have another destinations to ogle. On plan A, we were supposed to continue our journey south, right to the end of the road to Uluwatu temple. However we heard the news about a ceremony was held there and rumor had it that the road was closed down, plus I wanted to see sunset on Tanah Lot, which would take hours to get to since it’s so faraway, thus an immediate plan B was made and executed.

    We went north from Garuda Wisnu Kencana to famous Kuta Beach, then Tanah Lot!

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