Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces are ancient rice fields that were carved by the Ifugao people on the slopes of the mountains. They are considered as one of the Eight Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They offer a breathtaking view of the landscape and the culture of the Ifugao people.
• Banaue Rice Terraces are located in Banaue, Ifugao, a province in the Cordillera region of the Philippines. They have an elevation of about 1,500 meters above sea level and cover an area of about 10,360 square kilometers. They have been cultivated for over 2,000 years and are still in use today.
• Banaue Rice Terraces are a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Ifugao people, who created them without the use of modern tools or machinery. They used stone and mud walls to create terraces that follow the natural contours of the land. They also developed an irrigation system that draws water from the rainforests and streams.
• Banaue Rice Terraces are also a reflection of the rich culture and history of the Ifugao people, who have preserved their traditions and rituals for generations. They consider the rice terraces as a sacred place, where they worship their ancestors and nature gods. They also celebrate various festivals and ceremonies, such as the Imbayah Festival, which marks the harvest season.
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