Vietnamese Traditional Musical Instruments

Code: 870

Ho Gao

Kenh (Pan-pipe)

Dan Tu


Kinang Drum

Tinh Tau

There are over one hundred different kinds of Vietnamese traditional musical instruments. Every instrument with simple or sophisticated structure has its own specific characteristics. All of them have made their contributions to the traditional music of Vietnam.

In order to introduce the abundant and unique musical heritage of Vietnam, the Department General of Posts and Telecommunications issues the stampset "Vietnamese Traditional Musical Instruments".

The stampset consists of 6 values depicting six very ancient musical instruments played in traditional musical orchestra to serve Vietnamese traditional festivals.

Model 1:, with a face value of VND800: Ho Gao
Ho Gao consists of a sound box made of a dry coconut shell (as a dipper), two strings of braided silk and a bow made of wood and hairs of horsetail. It is very popular with the Kinh (the major ethnic group in Vietnam).

Model 2:, with a face value of VND800: Kenh (Pan-pipe)
This is a wind instrument consisting of several small bamboo tubes, arranged closely together with one end connected to a wooden sound box. It may have six, twelve or fourteen bamboo tubes. It is very popular with various ethnic groups in Vietnam, such as the Thai, the Muong and the H'Mong. Kenh is also called Khen.

Model 3:, with a face value of VND800: Dan Tu
Dan Tu consists of four strings of braided silk, a wooden sound box and a short handle. It is very popular with the Kinh. People in the South of Vietnam call it Dan Doan.

Model 4:, with a face value of VND2,000: T'rung
The T'rung consists of several small bamboo stems graduated in length (it may have 8, 10 or more bamboo stems) tied together with two parallel cords. But on stage, the T'rung is hung in a metal stand (it may be arranged on 1, 2 or 3 levels), and the player uses two or even four beaters to strike the bamboo stems at the same time. It is very popular with the ethnic minorities in the Central Highland.

Model 5:, with a face value of VND6,000: Kinang Drum
This is a drum consisting of a wooden drum barrel; two faces covered by two membranes of buffalo-skin and deerskin and tightened by buffalo skin rope. It is very popular with the Cham and also called Ghi Nang.

Model 6:, with a face value of VND9,000: Tinh Tau
Ting Tau consists of a sound box made of dry cucurbit shell, covered by a thin sheet of wood, a long wooden handle and three strings of braided silk. It is very popular with the Tay.

Date of issuance: Aug 4, 2001
Designer: Mrs. Hoang Thuy Lieu (COTEVINA)
Stamp size: 43 x 32 (mm) & 32 x 43 (mm)
Perforation: 13
Sheet composition: 25 stamps
Printer: Postal Stamp Printing Enterprise (Ho Chi Minh City)
Printing process: offset
Color: multi-colored
Paper: paper (both gummed and ungummed)

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