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Mythical Bird Scheduled for August Landing in South Bali

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument Promised to be Complete by August 2018
Bali’s colossal iconic landmark – the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument is set to achieve an initial stage of completion in August 2018.

As reported by travel.detik.com, the gigantic statue depicting the Lord Wisnu sitting atop a giant mythical Garuda bird has been engineered to withstand cyclonic winds and earthquakes, and will stand 121 meters tall.

The pedestal has been constructed to withstand without damage an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale and winds blowing at 250 kilometers per hour. Tests on mock-up models of the statue have been performed in Melbourne and certified as safe.

A on-again, off-again project over the past 28 years, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue will weigh  3,000 tons.

The extended wings of the Garuda are so large that they have the potential of creating wind vortexes requiring heavy strengthening reinforcement of the structure. Lightning rods have also been installed for added safety on the monument that will become the highest object on Bali’s southern peninsula.

The pedestal for the monument will contain 8 lifts and house a restaurant with the seating capacity for 500 people. A museum and gallery will also be contained in the statue's base. An addition two elevators will provide access from the pedestal to the upper part of the statue.

Located slightly below the head of Lord Wisnu will be a viewing gallery providing vistas to the adjoining oceans. FInal finishing  of the interior elements of the monument will come after completion of the exterior in August.

Developers and investors are targeting 6,000 visitors each day to the monument.

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