Banaue Rice Terrace – The Filipino Eighth Wonder of the World

Located 1,500 meters above seal level in the Ifugao Province on the Philippine Island of Luzon, the Banaue Rice Terraces are considered by many Filipinos as the Eight Wonder of the World. The rice terraces have been in existence for well over 2,000 years and have been managed by the locals using a unique irrigation system where water is channeled into the uppermost paddies and then flows down from paddy to paddy similar to a fountain.

The terraces follow the curve and contour of the mountain and can be as deep 3 to 5 meters. The paddy field is supported by a network of walls that are several meters high constructed of mud and stones. The outward appearance of the terraces will look like stairs ascending into the heavens. In 1995, The Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras was inscribed as one of the six World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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