Bac Lieu Province General Information
Bac Lieu Province, Southern Vietnam
Capital: Bac Lieu
Area: 2,669.01 km2
Population: 907,236 (2019 Census)
Demographics: Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Cham
Calling code: 291
Bac Lieu Province is a province of Vietnam. It is a coastal province and is in the Mekong Delta region of the southern part of the country.
Formerly a territory of Cambodia, the name Bac Lieu derives from the Khmer language. The Khmer name for this province is Pol Leav.
Bac Lieu Province Administration
Bạc Liêu is subdivided into seven district-level sub-divisions:
1 district-level town
1 provincial city
Bac Lieu (capital)
They are further subdivided into seven commune-level towns (or townlets), 50 communes, and seven wards.
Bac Lieu is generally in the Mekong Delta, although it is slightly to the south of Mekong’s main outflows. Bac Lieu is around 100 km south of Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
The most important parts of Bac Lieu’s economy are rice farming, fishing, food processing, and clothing manufacturing.
After the Fall of Saigon, on 30th April 1975, Bac Lieu Province and Cà Mau Province 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.
Vong Co, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bac Lieu around 1918 or 1919.
Referring to Bac Lieu, many people immediately think of the homeland of Prince Bac Lieu (Cong Tu Bac Lieu) Tran Trinh Huy also called Ba Huy, or the Black Prince – was a famous player not only in Bac Lieu but even in Saigon and the South of Vietnam during the 1930s and 1940s.
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