Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue
Rising above it all, the grand and captivating statue was inspired by a famous story in Hindu mythology about the search for Amerta (the elixir of life). According to the myth, Garuda agreed to be ridden by Wisnu in return for the right to use the elixir to liberate his enslaved mother.
The story has now been immortalised by a 75-metre tall, 65-metre wide statue, designed by Nyoman Nuarta. Combined with the pedestal it sits on, the height of the monument is an eye-watering 1221 metres, which is nearly 30 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Despite its overwhelming success since its completion in July 2018, the structure took 28 years to be fully completed because of local controversy. Many islanders believed the huge statue would bring imbalance to the spirituality of the region and that it was unethical to build a religious site for tourism.
Now, for a small additional fee, you can take an elevator ride up nine stories and then walk a number of steps to the top viewing platform beneath Garuda and Wisnu, where you can peer out across the picturesque scene of southern Bali.