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date: 16 November 2019

Khawng [khǭng]locked

  • David Morton



In Thailand and Laos, a generic name for a gong or kettle gong. Gongs in Thailand exist in many sizes and can be grouped into different types of gong chime. A single khawng is cast of metal, typically bronze, and is a thick, bossed gong with a deep lip-flange, similar to the kettle gongs of Java and Bali. The boss is struck with a padded beater. Individual khawng are hung on a stand or suspended manually. When used in sets as gong chimes, the gongs are tied to a horizontally curved rack that stands on the floor, placing the gongs within easy reach of the player seated in the arc. Gongs and gong chimes are used in many instrumental ensembles of Thailand.

Six types of khawng are used as rhythm instruments. The khawng mōng ranges in diameter from 30 cm to 45 cm and has a lip-flange 5 cm deep. It is not tuned to a definite pitch. It is usually hung on a tripod or metal stand and played with a padded beater; it appears in ...

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