33 Vintage Photos Showing Life of Bali, Indonesia in the Early 1950s

Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. East of Java and west of Lombok, the province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second-largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. The upland town of Ubud in Greater Denpasar is considered Bali’s cultural centre. The province is Indonesia’s main tourist destination, with a significant rise in tourism since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy.

Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Muslim-majority Indonesia, with 86.9% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Other international events held in Bali include the Miss World 2013 and 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s Choice award, which it also earned in January 2021.

Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, especially fish and turtles. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to a unified confederation of kingdoms composed of 10 traditional royal Balinese houses, each house ruling a specific geographic area. The confederation is the successor of the Bali Kingdom. The royal houses are not recognised by the government of Indonesia; however, they originated before Dutch colonisation. (Wikipedia)

These amazing color snapshots from Found Slides that captured everyday life of Bali in 1952.

Arranging New year offerings, 1952
Balinese beauty, 1952
Balinese dwelling, 1952
Balinese dwelling, 1952
Balinese man of Sanur, 1952
Balinese man of Sanur, 1952
Balinese road near Sanur, 1952
Barong-Si dance, 1952
Boatman of Sanur, 1952
Boatman of Sanur, 1952
Cock fighting, 1952
Coming from temple – New Year, 1952
Decorations for the Balinese New Year, 1952
Fisherman at Sanur, 1952
Fisherman at Sanur, 1952
Haircut in Denpasar, 1952
Musicians for Barong, 1952
Net fisherman and helpers, Sanur, 1952
Net fisherman of Sanur, 1952
Net fisherman of Sanur, 1952
Net fisherman of Sanur, 1952
New Year ferris wheel, 1952
NPolak Le Mayeur, Sanur, 1952
NPolak Le Mayeur, Sanur, 1952
Oxen plowing, 1952
Polishing wood carving, 1952
Procession from temple, 1952
Procession from temple, 1952
Procession from temple, 1952
Refreshment stand, 1952
Rice farmer, 1952
Temple offerings, 1952
Temple offerings, 1952

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