The Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is one of the places that will be used as the venue for a series of events at the G20 Summit. As one of Bali’s tourism icons, the venue will be used as the welcome dinner for the G20 on November 15, 2022.
The GWK is intended to receive delegates from different countries, including heads of delegation. GWK COO Stefanus Yonathan Asdayasa said that his group is 100 percent ready for the upcoming visit. That’s why the GWK is going to beautify itself.
“We are starting to make improvements to the locations and access. Our priority is access. This is because access to the G20 must be free of queues. We have prepared the adequacy, splendor and order to make this welcome dinner perfect, Stefanus said in a written statement from the G20 Media and Communications Team.
President Joko Widodo together with the head of the G20 delegations will have dinner in the Lotus Pond area, one of the most important places of GWK known as the main square. The outdoor area has a capacity for 7,500 people.
At this grand location, delegates can enjoy views of the majestic limestone cliffs and the garuda statue at one end of the cliffs. Upon entering the main entrance of the Lotus Pond, the delegation will first be greeted by Tirta Agung (holy water). There, visitors can also find stone carved (relief) walls that consist of stories of Garuda Wisnu Kencana becoming a mount of Lord Wisnu, believed by Hindus to be the guardian deity of the universe.
“It is planned that about 300-400 people will attend the dinner at Lotus Pond. The others, specifically the G20 participant who did not participate in the event, can eat at Jendela Bali restaurant,” Stefanus said.
If the implementation of the G20 Summit continues, GWK sites will be closed for tourist visits for four days, from 12 to 15 November 2022. During those four days, GWK will give its employees one day off. The peak implementation of the G20 summit will take place on 15-16 November 2022.