Cultural landscape of Bali (the subak system)
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Subak is the name given to Bali's network of canals and weirs which provide water for the island's paddy fields. The system dates back to the 9th century and has shaped the landscape of Bali, allowing those who live there to become expert rice growers. This protected area also includes the 18th-century royal temple of Pura Taman Ayun - Bali's largest temple. The site's inclusion on the world heritage list will be a relief to many - Bali's relatively recent popularity as a tourist destination has seen many of the island's rice paddies replaced by five-star hotels.