At the City’s Square of Buon Ma Thuot   Leave a comment


At the City’s Square of Buon Ma Thuot
We arrived in Vietnam in the midst of their festivities of the takeover of the South Vietnamese Government 40 years ago by the Communist North Vietnam. Thus, the City Square was decorated with flowers and bill-boards and was located across the road from our hotel. It was early morning and we decided to take a walk around the City Square where we could see groups of female senior citizen of my age range – dancing cultural dances, singing and enjoying snacks, while the male counterparts were exercising by the water fountain in the early morning sun. The male senior citizen were a friendly lot and were kind enough to pose with me for a photograph for rememberance. In peaceful time, everybody can enjoy and appreciate their lives. The unified Vietnam has progressed far to the present time from the warring times of the past. The super-powera were not always right in demanding democracy in every country. Vietnam is a good example to follow. Thank you for the kindness shown by the people here. Make peace and NOT war like now in the Middle East!

SP Lim
From Wikipedia:-
Buôn Ma Thuột (formerly Lac Giao) or sometimes Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Đắk Lắk Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, and is famous as the regional “capital of coffee”.

Buôn Ma Thuột is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.

Location
The city locates at 12.6667° N, 108.0500° E, right at the heart of the central highland of Viet Nam, 1300 km from Ha Noi, 500 km from Da Nang, and 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Lying on a fairly flat highland, at an average height of 536m (1608 ft) above the sea, Buon Ma Thuot has a vital role in Viet Nam’s national security and defense system. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital of Dak Lak Province and also the biggest city in Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen).

History
In 1904 Đắk Lắk Province was established by the French and Buôn Ma Thuột was selected as the provincial administrative centre, rather than the trading center of Đôn on the Srepok River. Buôn Ma Thuột was originally settled by the Ê Đê, but due to the incoming Việt settlement after the Vietnam War and the active acculturation policy, less than 15% (around 40,000) are still Montagnards. An important battle took place there at the end of the second Vietnam war.

Institutions
Buôn Ma Thuột is the site of Tay Nguyen University.

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