|Bac Lieu Province
Tỉnh Bạc Liêu
|— Province —|
|• People's Council Chair|
|• People's Committee Chair|
|• Total||2,525.7 km2 (975.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||310/km2 ( 810/sq mi)|
|• Ethnicities||Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Chăm|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
|ISO 3166 code||VN-55|
Formerly a territory of Cambodia, the name Bac Lieu is believed to derive from the Khmer language. The Khmer name for this province is Pol Leav.
The province is divided into six districts:
The provincial capital, which is also known as Bac Lieu, is a separate municipality.
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.
The most important parts of Bạc Liêu's economy are rice farming, fishing, food processing, and clothing manufacturing.
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 Bac Lieu Province and the southwest becoming Ca Mau Province.
Vọng cổ, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bac Lieu around 1918 or 1919.
||Kien Giang Province||Hau Giang Province||Soc Trang Province|
|Ca Mau Province|
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