Bali with its rich heritage, culture and picturesque landscapes ranging from hills and mountains to sandy beaches has been one of the most popular island destinations of the world.
And now this famed island of Gods is all set to add another brand-new attraction, which will make it Indonesia's unrivaled number one tourist attraction. The exotic paradise is all set to unveil the second tallest statue in the world – Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
The monumental statue is being constructed at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Ungasan, Bali. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is the symbol of God Vishnu riding the great Garuda as his trusted companion. This mountainous structure, scheduled to be completed this August, will have its own significance.
Here’s everything that you need to know about this beautifully designed monument. And, of course, don’t forget to add it to your must-visit list.
* Rising up to 120 meters from the hilly Bukit Peninsula and made from imported materials from Japan, Europe and Latin America, Garuda Wisnu Kencana will become Indonesia’s tallest statue and the second tallest statue in the world after Giant Buddha of China.
* The Garuda Wisnu statue is built such that it will be visible to passengers on a plane while landing towards Ngurah Rai International Airport. Indeed, a grand way to welcome tourists to Bali.
* With phenomenal engineering work, the maximum velocity of the wind for the next hundred years was calculated with wind tunnel tests in Canada, to make sure the statue lasts till the next century.
* Sculptor Nyoman Nuarta stated that the pedestal is built in a way that it can withstand an 8 Richter earthquake, with wind resistance of up to 250 kms per hour. Wow!
* The statue will base on a pedestal, which will serve as a restaurant and can seat 500 people.
* Along with the restaurant, there will also be a museum, and tentatively under Vishnu’s head will be a viewing gallery facing the ocean, which will offer a stunning panoramic view of south Bali.
* Standing in a 250-hectares of land, besides bracing waterfall, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana is made of copper, brass, and steel will weigh about 4,000 tons.
* Initiated in 1990, the construction of the statue has surpassed many challenges over 28 years to finally reach the completion this year.
* According to Hindu-Balinese beliefs – Lord Wisnu is the preserver and protector while the mythical bird Garuda symbolizes speed, force and martial prowess. Moreover, Garuda is enshrined as Indonesia’s national emblem, known as Garuda Pancasila.
Fascinating isn’t it? Do visit this monumental statute on your next visit to Bali.
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