Bac Lieu Province
Infobox Province Vietnam
Name = Bạc Liêu
Council Chair =
Committee Chair =
Capital = Bạc Liêu
Area = 2,525.7
Population = 786,200
Population year = 2004
Population density = 311.3
Ethnicities = Vietnamese, Khmer,
Calling code = 781
ISO code = VN-55
Website = www.baclieu.gov.vn
Bạc Liêu is divided into six districts:
The provincial capital, which is also known as Bạc Liêu, 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 100km south of Cần Thơ, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.
The most important parts of Bạc Liêu's economy are
ricefarming, fishing, food processing, and clothingmanufacturing.
Until 1996, the area that now makes up Bạc Liêu Province was part of a larger unit, Minh Hai Province. Although it is located in Vietnam, many years ago this land was apart of the
Khmer Empirewhich ruled most of Indochinamany centuries ago. It is still home to many ethnic Khmer people. In 1996, Minh Hai was split into two, with the northeast becoming Bạc Liêu Province and the southwest becoming Cà Mau Province.
Vọng cổ, an important song in the traditional music of southern Vietnam, was composed in Bac Lieu around 1918 or 1919.
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