Day 23 – Exploring GWK Cultural Park in South Bali
Last year when we visited Bali we visited a place named Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Southern Bali, and they were in the process of building new sculptures and adding new stuff – so we decided we’d check it out again to see if anything new had appeared in the space of a year.
Before heading out we needed to move hotels from Ibis on Legian Street to Dekuta Hotel near Beachwalk Mall. We stayed at Dekuta a few weeks ago when we first came into Kuta, and although the hotel is basic the beds are large and comfy, the staff are super friendly and it’s in a great spot to find nice restaurants.
As we arrived an hour or so early, we went to catch some late breakfast at one of the best cafes in the area (they really know how to do a real English breakfast!), the cafe is named Alleycats and is a must go for anyone travelling in the area who loved a good bit of bacon, sausage and beans!
After checking in, we could finally head out to the GWK Cultural Park, which is about a 40-minute drive from central Kuta. We tracked down an Uber driver pretty quickly, and he even offered to wait for us while we visited the park – it can be pretty hard to reorder an Uber once out of central Kuta with very few drivers being around, for the whole trip he charged us around 300k IDR/£16.85 which isn’t bad really, I’m sure we could have got it cheaper but for the convenience, it was pretty fantastic.
The entry fee for the park is 100k IDR/£5.50 per person which is pretty good value to say that you get to see a half an hour Balinese Dance/show and get a good look around at all the sculptures. Not a lot had changed from last year though, they have started work on two very large sculptures which will be amazing in a few years time and also seemed to have changed some of their business process such as park entry which makes it much easier for customers.
Overall, we really enjoyed a few hours there and managed to get some great photos. We’d definitely recommend it to all our travelling friends.
As always, thank you for reading.