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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Card # 71
This postcard sent to me by Bradpete

The Banaue Rice Terraces (Tagalog: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos 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 ft) 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. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.

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 Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more

The back of a Philippine 1000 Peso bill which depicts the Banaue Rice Terraces and Ifugao culture

Information and Image Obtained from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1 comment:

  1. The 8th Wonder of the Ancient World. The Stairway to Heaven. Have a great day!



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