The central highlands of Vietnam are home to a number of Hill Tribes that are descended from Malayo-Polynesians and Khmer. These are the aboriginal Indochinese people, commonly known as montagnards. Vietnam Central Highlands are a distinct contrast from the tropical south, with Forests, waterfalls, lakes, and ethnic villages.
(Photo by: Asia Signature Crafts & Arts)
On 25th November 2005, the UNESCO decided to recognize “The cultural space of gong in the Central Highlands” of Vietnam as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. The Central Highlands gong culture emerged from long-standing cultural and historical traditions of ethnic communities living in the region. Illustrating talented cultural creativeness of ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands, the gong culture is level to other masterpieces of human creativity.