The round drum (pinyin: Yuán gǔ) is a mixture of the Manchu and the Korean people. In Manchu, it is called Tongken, also known as carrying drum. The Koreans are also called flat drums and folk drums. Popular in Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and other provinces, especially in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province.


  • Pinyin:Yuán gǔ
  • popular area:Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang
  • alias:lift the drum
  • Drum diameter:30cm~45cm
When playing, the Manchu folk usually place the drum between the knees and play it with fingers or palms. When the shaman is performing, the drum is carried on the shoulders or placed on a wooden stand.
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The Manchu round drum is shaped like a short barrel. The drum frame is made of wood. The two ends are covered with horse skin or donkey skin. There are equidistant holes on the edge of the leather surface. In the middle, tighten the leather surface to fix it on both ends of the drum frame, and the drum head tension is adjustable. The drum surface is 30 cm in diameter and the drum frame is 25 cm high.
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