This question is very specific to the species of the bonsai. Generally, try to keep the bonsai out of a position of direct sunlight, where they receive good air circulation, relative humidity, and are in a place where they are easily accessible to you for maintenance (i.e. watering, feeding and pruning).
You can usually tell if a plant likes or dislikes where it is currently positioned. If this is the case, you will detect signs of stress such as wilting, burnt foliage or discoloration and you should move the plant to an area more fitting.
As a general rule, consider the origins of a plant and how it would grow naturally. For example you would keep a rainforest fig in part-shade with dappled sunlight (possibly under shade cloth) which mimics the environment that it would naturally grow in. Plants such as rosemary or the pomegranate for example - which originated in the Mediterranean - are more hardy and thrive in a position of semi shade to full sun, as they are able to withstand drought and appreciate the hot climate.
Despite this, it is always best to find out the species of your bonsai and research proper positioning guidelines.
If you want to display your bonsai inside, only do it for a few days at a time (see next question).
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