Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs

Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
Dalat is a harmonious blend of natural masterpieces and tourism products bearing the bold quintessential imprint of the Central Highlands, notably the gong culture.

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Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
It is no coincidence that Dream Hill (Mong Mo hill) is mentioned as a symbol of the flower city - Da Lat. This place is a harmonious combination of natural masterpieces and tourism products bearing the quintessential imprint of the Central Highlands. Coming to the Mong Mo Hill tourist area, visitors will discover the longhouse of ethnic people built of solid wood, used as a place to perform music and dance, display ancient gongs and sell souvenirs.
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
In another longhouse, visitors will be fascinated by the exhibition space of ancient jars of the Central Highlands. Here, the jars are presented in sets and each of these sets proves its owner's class.
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
The most special part in the Central Highlands space at Mong Mo Hill is the gong stage. The stage is designed with a fan-shaped roof architecture, accommodating up to 1,500 guests. The gong show is held every night, visitors will enjoy the dances, sing bearing the bold identity of indigenous peoples.
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
This is where the K'ho artists perform art items in ethnic languages and Kinh language, gong dances, recreating festivals associated with the K'Ho community activities such as the season worship festival, new rice offerings…. Visitors are immersed in the atmosphere of the Central Highlands while enjoying the unique music performances, enjoying the barbecue and jar wine, mixing the gong tunes with K'Ho artists on the stage.
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
The Central Highlands gong cultural space spreads throughout 5 provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong. Owners of this valuable and unique cultural heritage are 17 ethnic groups belonging to the South Asian languages (Austro-Asian) and the South Island (Austronesian) living in the central highlands of Vietnam. Inside each gong is a god. "The older the gong, the stronger and more sacred the god". Almost every home has gongs, even some families have several sets. This shows wealth and power, as well as a shield and protection for the family.
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
For many generations, gongs are associated with the Central Highlands as an indispensable part of every human life and in almost all important community events: from ear-blowing ceremony to babies, weddings, the ceremony to see off the dead, the buffalo sacrifice ceremony on the day of leaving the graves ... until the ceremony of water trough, the celebration of new rice, the closing of the warehouse, the celebration of the new communal house ... On November 25, 2005, General Director of the United Nations Cultural -  Science and Education Organization (UNESCO) Koichiro Matsuura respectfully presented a certificate of intangible heritage masterpieces to "Gong culture of the Central Highlands - Vietnam".
Discover the cultural space of the Central Highlands gongs
In order to preserve and promote the values of the gong cultural heritage, the authorities and the community need to take specific actions to restore traditional values, return to the gong its authentic life and soul. At the same time, call on tourism businesses not to rely too much on the strengths of nature, of heritage .. but forget about creating similar products that attract tourists.

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