Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The Bipa is pair shaped lute that is the the Korean descendant of the Chinese pipa. It is related to the Japanese Biwa and Vietnamese Ðàn tỳ bà. Originally there were two types of bipa the Hyang-Bipa and Dang-Bipa. The former was native to Korea while the latter was imported from Tang Dynasty China.