Buôn Ma Thuột

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Buôn Ma Thuột
Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột
Ban Me Thuot
Buôn Ma Thuột city square in June 2006
Buôn Ma Thuột city square in June 2006
Official seal of Buôn Ma Thuột
Seal
Buôn Ma Thuột is located in Vietnam
Buôn Ma Thuột
Buôn Ma Thuột
Location of in Vietnam
Coordinates: 12°40′N 108°3′E / 12.667°N 108.050°E / 12.667; 108.050
Country  Vietnam
Province Đắk Lắk
Area
 • Total 370 km2 (140 sq mi)
Elevation 536 m (1,759 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 340,000
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Website buonmathuot.gov.vn (Vietnamese)

Coordinates: 12°40′N 108°3′E / 12.667°N 108.050°E / 12.667; 108.050 Buôn Ma Thuột (About this sound listen) (formerly Lac Giao)[1] or sometimes Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Đắk Lắk Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region, and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee".

Buôn Ma Thuột is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.

Mnong Longhouse in Buôn Ma Thuột

History[edit]

In 1904 Đắk Lắk Province was established by the French and Buôn Ma Thuột was selected as the provincial administrative centre, rather than the trading center of Đôn on the Srepok River. Buôn Ma Thuột was originally settled by the Ê Đê, but due to the incoming Viêt settlement after the Vietnam War and the active acculturation policy, less than 15% (around 40,000) are still Montagnards. An important battle took place there at the end of the second Vietnam war.

Institutions[edit]

Buôn Ma Thuột is the site of Tay Nguyen University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buon Me Thuot" Encyclopædia Britannica (2009 edition) Encyclopædia Britannica Online, accessed 24 September 2009

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