Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao Province

The Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces carved out on the mountain sides of Ifugao Province some 2,000-3,000 years ago. An ancient irrigation system in the rainforest above the terraces supplies irrigation water.

The Banaue Rice Terraces has been inscribed by UN into the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 1995.

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.” – UNESCO

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