kong-hou Singapore Chinese Orchestra 新加坡华乐团


Also known as the kanhou, this ancient plucked-string instrument is similar to the western harp.

During the Han Dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD), it entered China from its neighbouring frontiers. The modern konghou is a reconstruction of the ancient konghou, largely based on the Western harp, but kept techniques like the note-bending glides and slides that the Western harp cannot produce.