Banaue Rice Terraces
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|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||Cultural: iii, iv, v|
|Inscription||1995 (19th session)|
The Banaue Rice Terraces (Tagalog: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banaue) are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the Batad indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces.
The Banaue terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years old. They are found in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a commonly visited place.
Locals to this day still tend to the rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing, often opting for the more lucrative hospitality industry generated by the Rice Terraces. The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic "steps", which need constant reconstruction and care.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Banaue Rice Terraces.|
- UNESCO World Heritage Site Link
- TrekEarth.com Photogallery of Banaue Rice Terraces, with many different photographers contributing
- Photo Gallery by Philippine photographers
- Travel Guide: A short intro to the Banaue and the other distinguished rice terraces of Ifugao province