Bạc Liêu Province

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Bạc Liêu Province
Tỉnh Bạc Liêu
Province
Location of Bạc Liêu within Vietnam
Location of Bạc Liêu within Vietnam
Coordinates: 9°15′N 105°45′E / 9.250°N 105.750°E / 9.250; 105.750Coordinates: 9°15′N 105°45′E / 9.250°N 105.750°E / 9.250; 105.750
Country  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Bạc Liêu
Area
 • Total 2,525.7 km2 (975.2 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 786,200
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Ethnicities Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Chăm
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Calling code 781
ISO 3166 code VN-55
Website www.baclieu.gov.vn

Bạc Liêu Province (About this sound listen) is a province of Vietnam. It is a coastal province, and is situated in the Mekong Delta region of the southern part of the country.

Name[edit]

Formerly a territory of Cambodia, the name Bạc Liêu is believed to derive from the Khmer language. The Khmer name for this province is Pol Leav.

Administration[edit]

The province is divided into six districts:

The provincial capital, which is also known as Bạc Liêu, is a separate municipality.

Geography[edit]

Bạc Liêu is generally thought of as being in the Mekong Delta, although it is actually located slightly to the south of the Mekong's main outflows. Bạc Liêu is around 100 km south of Cần Thơ, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.

Economy[edit]

The most important parts of Bạc Liêu's economy are rice farming, fishing, food processing, and clothing manufacturing.

History[edit]

After the Fall of Saigon, 30 April 1975, Bạc Liêu Province and Cà Mau Province were merged into one new entity called Minh Hai Province. Although it is located in Vietnam, many years ago this land was a part of the Khmer Empire which ruled most of Indochina many centuries ago. It is still home to many ethnic Khmer people. In 1996, Minh Hai Province was split into two, with the northeast becoming Bạc Liêu Province and the southwest becoming Cà Mau Province.

Culture[edit]

Vọng cổ, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bạc Liêu around 1918 or 1919.

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