Luang Prabang: 2-Hour Hmong Kaen Class with Expert Local

Luang Prabang: 2-Hour Hmong Kaen Class with Expert Local

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Take part in a unique experience as you learn this ancient tradition from a local musician. During your 2-hour class, learn about the heritage and history of this tradition.

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Duration 2 hours
Starting times 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
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  • Immerse yourself in local culture as you try out an instrument
  • Learn to play a song with a master
  • Get an introduction to the culture of the Hmong people in Laos
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The Hmong Kaen is a type of traditional musical instrument exclusive to the Hmong tribe. It is made with a number of bamboo strings put together to form a pipe. Blow through the mouthpiece and create music by covering the 6 holes like most wind instruments. The Hmong Kaen is traditionally used in folk festivals and celebrations by the Hmong people, who usually dance while they play the instrument. It is often used during New Year celebrations and during funerals, as the Hmongs believe the sound from the Kaen is necessary to send the spirits to the heaven. Hmong boys were often keen to learn the instrument as it could be an important edge to win a girlfriend in the past. This course will teach you 3 songs, including the New Year song, the funeral hymn and also the courtship song. If you're up to it, you can even try your hand at the dance!
  • Guided Hmong Khaen class
  • Roundtrip transportation from central Luang Prabang
  • Live tour commentary in English

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    • You must be 12 or older to take part
    • Maximum group size is 3 people
    • Hours of operations are from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • You will receive confirmation of your exact tour departure time when you call to confirm your reservation
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