Bạc Liêu

Bạc Liêu City
Thành phố Bạc Liêu
Provincial city

Location in Bạc Liêu Province
Bạc Liêu City

Location of in Vietnam

Coordinates: 9°17′N 105°43′E / 9.283°N 105.717°E / 9.283; 105.717
Country  Vietnam
Province Bạc Liêu
  Total 175.25 km2 (67.66 sq mi)
Population (2015)
  Total 240,045
  Density 1,369.7/km2 (3,548/sq mi)

Bạc Liêu ( listen) City is a provincial city and capital of the Bạc Liêu Province in the Mekong Delta region in southern Vietnam. It is a medium-sized town with a population of approximately 150,000. The old name of the city is Vĩnh Lợi.[1]


The name Bạc Liêu is based on the Chinese pronunciation of a Khmer name[2] (Pol Leav ពលលាវ in Khmer). In the 1950s the area was a centre of Huỳnh Phú Sổ's Hòa Hảo religion after So was released there.[3]


  1. Richard Tregaskis south-east Asia: Building the Bases: The History of Construction in South East Asia. US Navy Museum Page 152 - 1975 "Still farther south in the Delta, the southernmost RMK-BRJ work was at Bac Lieu, also known by the name Vinh Loi. But whether called Vinh Loi (Honored Ford) or Bac Lieu (Historical Crossing), it was an advisory base 120 miles south of ."
  2. Nghia M. Vo Saigon: A History - 2011 - Page 22 "Although Bạc Liêu has no meaning in Vietnamese, it was derived from the Chinese pronunciation of a Khmer name, ...".
  3. Vietnam: a Dragon Embattled: From colonialism to the Vietminh Joseph Buttinger - 1967 "Although Bac Lieu was a considerable distance from the sites of great Hoa Hao strength, the town soon became "a center of pilgrimage from which spread messages of religious but also of anti-French inspiration." 49 For his followers, Huynh ..."

Coordinates: 9°17′N 105°43′E / 9.283°N 105.717°E / 9.283; 105.717

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