The construction of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) project, a mammoth 120-hectare cultural park on Bali's Ungasan peninsula, will be completed by the year 2003, according to recent statements made by the project's President Director, Mr. Putu Agus Antara.
Apparently, the remaining hurdle of a lack of sufficient funding which has stalled the project over the past few years is well progressed in the process of finally being overcome. Mr. Antara has stated that five potential investors have been identified to provide the final phase of financial support needed to complete the US$ 150 million project. According to local press reports, one of the potential investors is from China as reflected in the time and expense lavished on an inspection visit by Chine Premier Mr. Zhu Rongji during a two day visit to Bali, 9-11 November.
The park, when completed, will house dining, entertainment, exhibition, shopping and cultural attractions atop a panoramic hilltop just south of Bali's airport. The centerpiece of the park will be an inspiring statue of the Lord Wisnu mounted on the shoulders of a mythic Garuda bird. The statue measuring 146 meters high will tower 230 meters above sea level and will be visible for 20 kilometers.
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