Sunday, July 26, 2009

GWK Cultural Park

GWK or Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, located at Ungasan, southern end of Bali, here is some description about the cultural park that i took from GWK cultural homepage

Designed and built by Nyoman Nuarta, one of Indonesia's foremost modern sculptorhe Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue or GWK and its pedestal building will be standing 150 meters tall with its wings span 64 meters across. Made from more than 4000 tons of copper and brass, the statue is picturing Lord Wisnu, as the source of wisdom, riding on the back of the mythical bird Garuda as the manifestation of conscience toward Amerta, the perennial goodness.

The statue and its pedestal will be surrounded by more than 240 hectares cultural park which was once an abandoned and unproductive limestone quarry. The cultural park will provide attractions for both local and foreign visitors with supporting facilities such as Lotus Pond, Festival Park, Amphitheater, Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, as well as Jendela Bali The Panoramic Resto and souvenir shop. At present time, the statue of Wisnu, the statue of Garuda, and the hands of Wisnu have been placed temporarily in three different plazas within the park.
GWK Cultural Park is intended to educate, especially the young generations about the importance of preserving and cultivating world’s cultural heritage.

So dont miss this amazing cultural park on your next visit to Bali. For further information on facilities, daily events and other attractive art performances, please visit

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Day Of Silence

New Year’s day is perhaps is the oddest day in Bali, On this day, throughout the island , silence is observed and inactivity reigns supreme. Also called Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, New Year’s Day falls on the day following the dark moon of the spring equinox, and opens a new year of the Saka Hindu era which began in 78 A.D.

On Nyepi day, which starts with sunrise, don’t expect to be able to do anything. You will have to stay in your hotel. No traffic is allowed, not only cars, but also people, who have to stay in their individual house. Light is kept to a minimum, radio tuned down, and no one works, of course.
Even love making, this ultimate activity of all leisure-timers, is not supposed to take place, nor even attempted. A whole day simply filled with the barking of few dogs, the shrill of insects and simple long, long quiet day in the calendar of this hectic island

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