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Major Bali Cultural Attraction Will Be Closed This Weekend

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With the World Water Forum officially kicking off in Nusa Dua on Saturday, 18th May, one top Bali attraction will be closed for four days to allow delegations and VIP guests undisturbed access.

The iconic GWK Cultural Park closed its doors on the evening of 16th May and will not reopen until the 20th May.

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The GWK Cultural Park will host the Word Water Forum Gala Dinner for heads of state and other VVIP attendees.

The GWK Cultural Park is a magical venue for hosting such an auspicious occasion. Speaking to reporters, the GWK Cultural Park Operations Director, Stefanus Yonathan Astayasa, said that this closure was part of the necessary preparations to make the WWF event a success.

“In an effort to prepare for the upcoming WWF, GWK Cultural Park is closed to the public from 16th May to 19th May 2024. This closure is carried out to provide space for event organizers to make important preparations for the success of the event.”

He added, “With all the preparations that have been made, GWK Cultural Park is ready to be an unforgettable host for all those present at the Gala Dinner.”

He, too, highlighted how the GWK Cultural Park is the perfect location to host the World Water Forum Gala Dinner, with the venue primed to promote Balinese culture and heritage to world leaders. 

The Gala Dinner will be hosted on Sunday evening, and many heads of state have already confirmed attendance.

The Indonesian Minister for Public Works and Public Housing, Baski Hadimuljono, revealed that heads of state from Timor Leste, Fiji, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Morocco, and Indonesia as the hosts will be in attendance.

Minister Hadimuljono added, “There are three deputy prime ministers, namely from Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Slovakia, and three special presidential envoys from the Netherlands, France, and the United Arab Emirates.”

Astayasa also confirmed that “GWK Cultural Park rejuvenated its infrastructure and facilities to welcome delegates and participants from all over the world. These efforts include maintaining monumental statues, cleaning cliffs, repainting, and improving security.”

Tourists planning to visit the GWK Cultural Park upon reopening on the 20th of May will be treated to a venue that is even more sparkly and new-looking than usual.

The GWK Cultural Park is an often overlooked tourist attraction in Bali for international tourists, yet it is one of the most interesting and engaging cultural tourism experiences on the island.

Located in the heart of the Bukit, just a few minutes from the resort of Uluwatu, a day trip to the GWK Cultural Park is one of the easiest ways for holidaymakers in Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran to take a deep dive into the island’s rich heritage without having to drive for upwards of 2-hours to visit the temples of Ubud and the central highlands.

GWK Statue Bali cultural park

The GWK Cultural Park is most well known for being home to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue. The iconic statue can be seen, on a clear day, as far away as Canggu and stands at an impressive 121m tall. 

In April 2024, the GWK Cultural Park unveiled new attractions for tourists to enjoy, including the new Garuda Bridge.

The bridge runs for 239m and can carry 500kg per square meter. The bridge serves as an elevated walkway between the park’s biggest themed areas.


The Garuda Bridge starts at Plaza Vishnu, which can be found next to the statue of Lord Vishnu. The bridge runs through Plaza Garuda, which is the main area of the park that sits within the gaze of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.


A visit to the GWK Cultural Park is one of the best value day trips in Bali. Children under 100 cm tall are free, and ticket prices for both domestic and international tourists are just IDR 125,000 per person for the whole day.

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Saturday 18th of May 2024

I think it’s v positive that tourists know where they can go and feel welcome, where they don’t need to be able to speak either English or Indonesian, where they can enjoy a great bowl of borscht, stay with fellow travellers from their own country, safe and secure.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 18th of May 2024

Hopefully this forum will stop possibility of World War.