|The Khen is a popular musical instrument among ethnic minorities in Vietnam’s northern mountainous region. (Photo: petrotimes.vn)
5th grader Giang A Sua of Xa Ho commune’s primary and secondary school in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai have played the Khen (panpine) for years.
Sua said he will continue to perform the Khen for tourists and to preserve the traditional musical instrument of Mong ethnic people.
“I like playing the Khen. I will join my friends and perform it to promote the cultural values of the Mong ethnic people,” Sua said.
Xa Ho commune in Yen Bai province is the most popular tourist attraction for its unspoiled natural beauty. The Khen plays an important role in the spiritual life of local people. Tro A Sinh, Vice Chairman of Xa Ho commune’s People’s Committee said local artisans and authorities have taken various measures, including opening Khen classes, to preserve culture and develop tourism.
“The Khen is indispensable to the daily life of Mong ethnic people. Through the classes, we hope children can learn the basic principles of playing the Khen, and dancing with it,” said Sinh.
Bac Kan province has 300 cultural heritages of ethnic groups, including the Khen of Mong ethnic people, the maturity ritual of the Dao, and Then singing of Tay and Nung ethnic people.
Then singing was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Ha Van Truong, Director of Bac Kan province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said Bac Kan has focused on developing community tourism so that visitors have the opportunity to experience the unique cultural values of local people.
“We have launched a project to preserve intangible cultural heritages and promote tourism in the Ba Be lake area. Under the project, we set up local art troupes to serve visitors,” said Truong.
|Brocade weaving has existed for a long time in Bac Kan province. (Photo: dantocmiennui.vn)
The northern mountainous province of Lai Chau is famous for its amazing attractions including Sin Suoi Ho village of the Mong ethnic group. Located at an altitude of nearly 1,500 meters, Sin Suoi Ho boasts fresh air and cool weather all year round.
Lai Chau is home to 20 ethnic groups and13 community tourism spots.
“We aim to preserve and promote our rich cultural values and also raise income for local people. We make full use of all local potential to develop tourism,” saidTran Quang Khang, Deputy Director of Lai Chau province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.