Generations of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands have used gongs to convey their innermost sentiments and communicate with their deities.
The Central Highlands gong culture spreads across 5 provinces – Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. The musical instrument has been practiced by Ba Na, E De, Co Tu, M’Nong and Gia Rai ethnic groups.
The gong cultural space was recognised as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.
M’Nong people in Jun hamlet, Lak district, Dak Lak province play gongs at a ceremony to pray for the health of their elephants.
Foreign tourists dance to the sound of gongs performed by M’Nong artisans inside a traditional long house.