Sóc Trăng Province

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Sóc Trăng Province

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Rural Sóc Trăng
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Location of Sóc Trăng within Vietnam
Coordinates: 9°40′N105°50′E / 9.667°N 105.833°E / 9.667; 105.833 Coordinates: 9°40′N105°50′E / 9.667°N 105.833°E / 9.667; 105.833
CountryFlag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Sóc Trăng
Area
  Total3,223.30 km2 (1,244.52 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
  Total1,620,750
  Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demographics
   Ethnicities Kinh (64.83%), others [1]
Time zone UTC+7 (ICT)
Area codes 299
ISO 3166 code VN-64
Website www.soctrang.gov.vn

Sóc Trăng ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ) is a province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, with its capital in Sóc Trăng. The province occupies an area of 3,223 km², and has a population of approximately 1,213,400.

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Etymology

The province's original Khmer name was Srok Kh'leang, meaning "silver depository" because it was where the Khmer king's silver treasury was located. Under the Nguyễn Dynasty emperor Minh Mạng, it was given the Sino-Vietnamese name Nguyệt Giang ( ), a calque of "Sông Trăng" (Moon River). [2]

Geography

Sóc Trăng province lies roughly between 9°14'N and 9°56'N latitude and between 105°34'E and 106°18'E longitude. It is bordered to the north west by Hậu Giang Province (meaning Hậu River province). To the south west it is bordered by Bạc Liêu Province (meaning "silver").[ citation needed ] And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province (meaning "honoured tea"). To the north is Vĩnh Long Province (meaning "eternal prosperity"). To the south east is 72 kilometres (45 mi) of coastline of the South China Sea. The province has two large rivers: the Hậu River and the Mỹ Thanh River. The provincial capital of Sóc Trăng Province is the town which is also called Sóc Trăng. It is 231 kilometres (144 mi) from Hồ Chí Minh City.

Administrative divisions

Sóc Trăng is subdivided into 11 district-level sub-divisions:

They are further subdivided into 12 commune-level towns (or townlets), 80 communes, and 17 wards.

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References

  1. TỈNH SÓC TRĂNG 07/05/2009, Trang tin điện tử của Ủy ban Dân tộc
  2. (in Vietnamese) "Truyền thuyết về Địa danh Sóc Trăng". 2008-03-28.