The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed gongs built almost four thousand years ago. The earliest written mention of the gong was in China in the 6th century. In these ancient documents the Chinese claim that another culture from Central Asia introduced it to them. While we can’t be certain which culture created the gong, it’s safe to say the sound resonated with the Chinese and that they made the gong their own.