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Beautiful Bali: Garuda Wisnu Kencana

This is how $270 million and 4000 tons of brass and copper will look like.

Envisioned to be much, much taller than our current Statue of Liberty which is 151 feet, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, when completed will stand at 479 feet when it is completed, sitting on the hill of Bukit, Bali, Indonesia.

Seriously, when I stared at Garuda Wisnu Kencana I couldn’t help but think, what the hell is Malaysia doing?

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Really, when you see a project this big you can’t help gasp in awe. This is something that we thought that is what the crazy people of Ancient Egypt or Greece will ever dream up of doing. But our neighbor Indonesia is already halfway through creating another wonder of the world.

Just look at the size of that big bird!

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

In case you’re wondering, Wisnu, otherwise known as Vishnu in India, is the Hindu god of preservation, the god of all gods. And Garuda is Vishnu’s divine vehicle, the big protector of choice.

Well, I just love to refer Him as the Big Bird.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is highly influenced by Hinduism since the 11th century, thus you can see exquisite levels of crafts and culture lingering on even after decades. And today Hinduism still makes up more than 80% of the religious devotees in Bali. Well, save the tourists, of course.

Seriously, Garuda Wisnu Kencana is huge. Really, really huge. If they need to separate the head/torso, the hands and the Big Bird to put them at three different places because it’s too huge to put them together, you know how huge it is.

Alright, maybe not. Let me show you the hugeness of it. 479 feet is like 1/3rd of the height of our proud Petronas Towers (KLCC).

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

And what about the $270 million? Well half of it goes to completing the statue, the other half goes to creating a shopping mall around it.

According to my reliable sources apparently what they’re going to do with the empty spaces around is to create a giant shopping mall which is projected to attract 10,000 visitors a day.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

But then, apparently they ran out of cash to do it now. 😡 So yeah, it’s still half completed, lol.

Anyway, this is how the Garuda Wisnu Kencana will look like when it is done, this is a miniature version of it that they did.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Of course, I’m sure they will continue the work very soon. The tour guide speaks of the place with great passion and hope, and he’s really proud of this creation of their country. I’m sure Bali won’t disappoint them.

You just ought to admire their effort, no? I would like to share a quote I have heard,

“When you wake up in the morning,you have two choices, to sleep and continue to dream or to wake up and chase them.”

Obviously, they did. 😉

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, Indonesia

And ooo, cute monster thingy! Let’s camwhore!

Camwhore with cute monster thingy at GWK, Bali, Indonesia

Camwhore with cute monster thingy at GWK, Bali, Indonesia

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