Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue Completion Ready to Kick Off World Tourism
BALI NEWS: Construction of the giant statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana in the Cultural Park area of GWK, Ungasan, Jimbaran Bali has finally completed. It takes a very long time almost to 28 years to complete it from the time of planning and design. It starts from the Soeharto President’s era to Joko Widodo. As a form of gratitude for the construction completion, GWK has presented the art performances on 04 August 2018. The agenda is a cultural performance with a number of artists involved in this activity.
According to the Deputy of Tourism Ministry for Marketing Development, I Gde Pitana, that GWK will become a new icon of Bali’s tourism as well as the pride of the Balinese people. “Finally, after waiting long enough, the giant statue of Garuda Wisnu Kencana has completed. GWK will be one of the attractions of tourism in line to the Indonesian Tourism Visitor target up to 20 million foreign tourists in 2019, “Pitana said on Monday (7/30).
The reaction of the Indonesian Government Against GWK Compilation
According to Pitana, the Ministry of Tourism has provided support and was convinced that the completion of the GWK would have a positive impact on the growth of tourism in Bali and Indonesia.”Garuda Wisnu Kencana will be one of the tallest statues in the world. Obviously, the impact will be very positive, especially on tourist visits to Indonesia. Foreign tourist visits will increase, ” Pitana add the explanation. The height of the GWK statue is 121 meters from the ground. Or 271 meters above sea level (asl). GWK is becoming one of the highest statues of the world and together with other statues such as Chinese Spring Temple Buddha, The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha Myanmar, the Liberty in the United States, Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan, The Motherland Calls in Russia, and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.
“With various empirical studies, we believe that the statue of GWK will raise Indonesia’s image as a quality tourism destination. Surely, we must jointly look after it. Bali is a tourist area and very well known at home and abroad,” Pitana said.
The Story of GWK Building Construction
The construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana stems from the idea of Nyoman Nuarta with former Tourism Minister – Joop Ave, and Bali Governor Ida Bagus Oka, as well as the Mining and Energy Minister of Ida Bagus Sudjana around 1989. Beginning in 1990, the plan has been presented to President Soeharto and he had approved it. The setting down of the first stone for the construction of the GWK Cultural Park in Bukit Ungasan Jimbaran has carried out in 1997. The process of GWK Statue making has involved hundreds of artists. It is about 120 artists have worked on the installation in Bali. The former location where the Cultural Park GWK built is a wild limestone area. However, it is not appropriate because of the land in bad condition.
“But now, GWK is a favorite location for tourists. Plenty of grand group events have been conducted at this site. It is starting from the Soundrenaline music program to the 2018 Asian Games Torch Relay, “Pitana explains.
The Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya Response
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has welcomed enthusiastically the completion of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. According to him, GWK will become a new pride. “Make the statue of GWK and the region known as one of Indonesia’s icons of the world. So, it can attract more tourists, “he has explained. And also, he has expressed his appreciation for the initiator, Nyoman Nuarta. “I would like to express my highest appreciation to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Foundation, especially Mr. Nyoman Nuarta and all related parties who have successfully completed the construction of this statue,” he said.
Furthermore, the Minister of Tourism said that the construction of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is a concrete manifestation of the artist’s commitment. It is especially to promote Indonesian tourism to the international world. “We hope the existence of this statue can increase tourist visits and meet a target of 20 million foreign tourists. And also, 275 million movements of domestic tourists in 2019,” he has explained.
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