Watch Balinese Dance at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park

Bali is a destination that provides many choices for tourists to enjoy various cultural events, in addition to its very attractive natural beauty. Bali is one of the world's most popular destinations. This is what causes tourists to love to come to Bali.
Balinese dancers at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Amphitheater Cultural Park, Kuta
One of the interesting cultural attractions in Bali is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) located in Kuta. You could say Kuta is the center of cultural events in Bali, although in other places there are also many similar treats, but Kuta provides a treat with scheduled events and has various themes.
Another interesting thing in Kuta is the existence of a world-wide Balinese tourist icon, a 20-meter high statue of Lord Vishnu. This location attracts tourists and becomes an object for photographers to capture.

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Balinese dancers at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Amphitheater Cultural Park
This famous Cultural Park in Bali is located at Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan Village, South Kuta, Badung Regency. Not far from Ngurah Rai Airport because the distance to GWK is around 12.2 Km. If it is estimated that the travel time using taxi transportation to GWK will only take 20 - 28 minutes depending on the current being busy or smooth.

With a garden area of ​​240 hectares, many kinds of facilities are here. As; Amphitheater, Indraloka Garden, Street Theater art parade, Exhibition Hall, plazas and malls, restaurants, boutiques, and also Balinese souvenir shops.

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Balinese dancers at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Amphitheater Cultural Park

GWK organizes many arts and cultural performances. One of them is performing various Balinese dances. One of the cultural parks in GWK is the Amphitheater. Amphitheater is used as an arena for Balinese dance performances and also at other times the GWK Amphitheater performs dance performances from other regions in the archipelago.

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Balinese dancers at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Amphitheater Cultural Park

The GWK Amphitheater is open every day with scheduled shows. There are various kinds of dances that are often performed here such as Barong, Kera, and Rangda dance performances. Barong Dance depicts the battle between good and evil. Barong depicts good and evil by Rangda. The two characters are very contradictory in an art of acting and dance that is interesting to watch. This Barong and Rangda dance is one of the Balinese dance icons which is widely witnessed by tourists.

Another interesting dance, such as the Kecak dance, has interesting rhythms where most of the dancers are male, which is performed en masse using black and white plaid cloth like a chess board. This Kecak dance is actually a theatrical drama (acting) that describes a story. Generally the story described is about the Ramayana.

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Barong Dance at the GWK Amphitheater, Kuta, Bali

Unlike other types of dance, Cek Dance does not use accompaniment music, but uses the voices of men who surround the dancers who are in the middle. The pounding of the man's voice formed strains that were similar to the sound of a musician. The rhythms chanted form a kind of spiritual rhythm. The Kecak dance becomes its own charm for tourists and at every Kecak dance performance it gets attention and has its own magnet for tourists, especially foreign tourists. So that the Kecak Dance has always been a successful icon of Balinese tourism.

Another performance that is often performed at the GWK Amphitheater Cultural Park is Rindik. Rindik is a traditional musical instrument that has become the hallmark of Balinese art. This musical instrument is made from bamboo with selendro tones when played by beating. The notes are produced from several people who play in one Rindik team, about 2 to 5 players. Rindik musical instruments combined with Balinese gongs and flutes.

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Balinese Dancers, Amphitheater Cultural Park, Kuta
If you come in the afternoon between 18.30 and 19.30 WITA, don't waste it on being able to watch the Kecak dance or other dance creations that are offered free of charge. After finishing watching the show or before the show, you can take time to take pictures with the dancers.

Amphitheater GWK, Kuta
Balinese dancers at the Amphitheater, Kuta, Bali

Apart from the GWK Amphitheater, dance performances are also often performed in an outdoor area called the Street Theater at Plaza Wisnu, Lotus Pond. The performances that are carried out on this street are usually in the form of Balinese cultural parades featuring various kinds of dances, such as the Joged Bumbung Dance, the Kecak Dance Parade, the Barong dance and so on. At the Street Theater, various kinds of Balinese traditional clothing were also shown.

From our entry, usually what will be seen first is the Street Theater which is the opening menu of our tour here. From here we can also fill the stomach with a variety of culinary delights from the restaurant. If you want to continue by looking for souvenir knick-knacks, there are also many souvenir shops available here, such as Bali souvenirs and GWK merchandise and also the Bali Art Market. Team Writter

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