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BALI (BAH-lee)

An island of southern Indonesia just east of Java

Common clues: Java neighbor; Island east of Java; Island in Indonesia; One of the Sunda Islands

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Frequency in English language: 21763 / 86800

Video: Shades of Bali

Bali is an Indonesian island. It is positioned in a chain with Java to the west and Lombok to the east. The island is a popular tourist destination and known, along with Java, for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather and metalworking, and music, especially that played on the gamelan.

The principal cities are the northern port of Singaraja and the capital, Denpasar, near the southern coast. The town of Ubud (north of Denpasar), with its art market, museums and galleries, is regarded as the cultural center of Bali.

Rice terraces at entrance to Gunung Kawi Temple

Its population of over 3 million is mainly (about 93%) Hindu, but a very small part is Muslim (mostly coastal fisherman).



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