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The long house in Ko Sia

The long house in Ko Sia
UPDATED: 17 Jul 2015 67 Views
Visiting Buon Me Thuot City, people will enjoy a new form of tourism of the Ede ethnic group in Ko Sia Hamlet (in Tan Lap Ward) - visiting  Nha dai (long house) and enjoying the unique culture which has been preserved for thousands of years by the local people.
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In the past, Ko Sia was a small hamlet with long houses of the Ede ethnic people. It is one of four ancient hamlets which make up present-day Buon Me Thuot City. When the city was expanded, Ko Sia Hamlet in Tan Lap Ward was urbanised and the cultural features of the Ede people were gradually lost. In this situation, more than 10 years ago, village elder Ma Len gathered the senior people in the hamlet to set up a gong troupe of Ko Sia Hamlet to teach young villagers to play the gongs, a unique cultural identity of the Ede group in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands). Initially, the gong classes were organised in the long house of old Ma Len, attracting the curiosity of the city residents and tourists. Many foreign visitors went to Ko Sia Hamlet in the evening to listen to the lessons of singing and gong beating taught by the artisans. Thanks to the effective operation of the gong troupe of Ko Sia Hamlet, the young villagers can play the gongs and actively participate in the cultural festivals organised by Dak Lak Province and the Central Highlands, making the name of Ko Sia Hamlet known in the region. Three years ago, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Dak Lak Province asked old Ma Len and the gong troupe of Ko Sia Hamlet to introduce the culture of the Ede people to tourists. The travel companies also contacted them to develop a tour to Ko Sia Hamlet to diversify the forms of tourism in the Central Highlands.
Every week Ko Sia Hamlet welcomes dozens of groups of tourists who come to enjoy the sounds of gongs and the unique culture of the Ede people. Every evening, at the long house,  tourists can enjoy the traditional festivals of the hamlet, such as the new rice welcoming ceremony, the New Year ceremony and the harvest praying ceremony which are reproduced by the village artisans and villagers.travel to vietnam
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