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UNESCO Word Heritage Site #7: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

UNESCO Word Heritage Site #7: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

UNESCO Word Heritage Site #7: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two millennia ago in the pre-colonial Philippines. The terraces are located in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range on the northern island of Luzon, Philippine archipelago. While the historic terraces cover an extensive area, the inscribed property consists of five clusters of the most intact and impressive terraces, located in four municipalities. They are all the product of the Ifugao ethnic group, a minority community that has occupied these mountains for thousands of years.

The Rice Terraces of Banaue are considered by many to the be the 8th Wonder of the World. The mountain sides of the area have been carved out to create terraces for rice farming over the last 2,000 years.

This photo is of a local Ifuago woman in traditional dress who let me take her photo for a few pesos. As I’ve seen other photos with her in it, I can only assume she makes money this way.

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Comments

  1. Yeah, they are great … Had few beers there, too. But I agree, that Batad is even more specular. And there are also some similar, colossal terraces in Southern China (but not as old …? ).

    Regards – MRP | the candy trail … a nomad across the planet, since 1988

  2. Feiyie says:

    I’ve been there twice.. Nice place, eh? And yes, people like her make a living out of pictures with tourists..

  3. Pinoy Dad says:

    Nice photo. Being a Filipino, this makes me proud of my heritage, Banaue however is not the best of all the terraces. Batad rice terraces, http://tinyurl.com/cdv7aw, is considered by the local folk as more pristine than Banaue rice terraces. Banaue has been called house terraces. I am sure you have noticed more and more houses have been set up at the terraces. Too bad. Articles and photos like yours should remind us here to preserve the terraces for future generation.

  4. Lisa Marie says:

    The Rice Terraces of Banaue are considered by many to the be the 8th Wonder of the World. The mountain sides of the area have been carved out to create terraces for rice farming over the last 2,000 years.

  5. nipsy says:

    They really should be the 8th wonder. Absolutely stunning. I swear I say this about all your photo shots, but I think I’m running out of words to use.. Keep sending them in, I like it when my travel jealousy comes into play..LOL

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