Đông Hà

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Đông Hà
Đông Hà is located in Vietnam
Đông Hà
Đông Hà
Location of in Vietnam
Coordinates: 16°49′49″N 107°5′50″E / 16.83028°N 107.09722°E / 16.83028; 107.09722
Country  Vietnam
Province Quảng Trị
Area
 • Total 72.96 km2 (28.17 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 82,046

Đông Hà (About this sound listen) is the capital of Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. Đông Hà is situated at the crossroads of National Highway 1A and Route 9, part of the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC). It lies on the North–South Railway (Reunification Express) and is served by Đông Hà Railway Station. EWEC is an economic development program which includes Northeast Thailand, Southern Laos, and central Vietnam.

History[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

During the Vietnam War, Đông Hà was the northernmost town in South Vietnam and was the location on a strategically important United States Marine Corps Đông Hà Combat Base, to support Marine positions along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).[1] Dong Ha was overrun on March 31, 1972, during the initial assaults of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive.

Tourists come to Đông Hà nowadays, especially ex-servicemen from the U.S. and Vietnam, who nearly always include a DMZ tour in their programs. The contemporary Vietnamese singer Nhu Quynh was born in Đông Hà in 1970.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith W. Nolan The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968 ... Just north of Đông Hà on April 6 the correspondent, Brummett, and Nguyễn Ngọc Lương, the paper's interpreter, waited for a possible tank battle"