Population 2.154 million (Jul 1, 2012)
University An Giang University
Area 3,406.2 km2
|Region Mekong Delta|
Capital Long Xuyen
|Destinations Long Xuyen, Chau Doc, Tinh Bien District, Tan Chau - An Giang, Tri Ton District|
An Giang ( listen) is a province of Vietnam. It is located in the Mekong Delta, in the southwestern part of the country, sharing a border with Cambodia to the northwest.
- Map of An Giang Province
- Administrative divisions
- Vehicle registration plate
- Notable people from An Giang
- Boat trip in tra su bird sanctuary at an giang province vietnamtien bien district
Map of An Giang Province
An Giang is subdivided into 11 district-level sub-divisions:
- 8 districts:
- 1 district-level town:
- Tan Chau: 5 wards and 9 rural communes
- 2 provincial cities:
They are further subdivided into 16 commune-level towns (or townlets), 119 communes, and 21 wards (156 in total).
The cities of Long Xuyen (the provincial capital) and Chau Doc, both of which are located on the Hau Giang branch of the Mekong, exist as independent municipalities.
Vehicle registration plate
An Giang first became a province in 1832, having been settled by ethnically Vietnamese migrants moving southwards in search of new land. It is believed that An Giang was once an important centre of the vanished Oc Eo culture, presumably owing to its position on the river. Traditionally, An Giang has been known for its silk industry.
An Giang is home to a sizable number of people from Vietnams ethnic minorities. Due to the provinces proximity to Cambodia, the Khmer Krom are the largest non-Vietnamese group. Other groups, such as the Cham and ethnic Chinese (Hoa), are also found in An Giang.
The provinces name is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese word: ??, meaning "peaceful river".
Notable people from An Giang
- Ton Duc Thang, prominent Communist and former President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam; later became the first President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Long Xuyen).
- Nguyen Ngoc Tho, vice-president of the Republic of Vietnam before April 30, 1975 (Long Xuyen).
- Nguyen Van Huong, former minister of Vietnamese health (Cho Moi).
- Nguyen Quang Sang, writer (Cho Moi).
- Anh Duc, writer (Chau Thanh).
- Nguyen Chanh Sat, writer (Tan Chau).
- Vuong Trung Hieu, writer (Thoai Son).
- Trinh Buu Hoai, writer (Chau Doc).
- Vien Phuong, poet (Tan Chau).
- Hoang Hiep, musician (Cho Moi).
- Song Ngoc, musician (Long Xuyen).
- Choe, painter (Cho Moi).
- Bach Tuyet, artist (An Phu).
- Ta Minh Tam, artist (Long Xuyen).
- Duc Tuan, singer (Long Xuyen).
- Dong Dao, singer (Phu Tan).
- Vo Tong Xuan, academic, agronomist and former rector of An Giang University (Tri Ton).
- Tran Huu Thuong, teacher (Tan Chau).
- Le Minh Tung, Vice-Chairman of An Giang province and current rector of An Giang University.
- Huynh Phu So, founder of the Hoa Hao sect of Buddhism (Phu Tan).
Boat trip in tra su bird sanctuary at an giang province vietnam tien bien district
An Giang occupies a position in the upper reaches of the Mekong Delta. The Hau Giang and Tien Giang branches of the Mekong River are the dominant geographical features of the province. With the exception of the west, most of An Giang is fairly flat, and is criss-crossed by many canals and small rivers. This terrain has led to An Giang being a significant agricultural centre, producing significant quantities of rice. The Cam Mountains, also known as the That Son range or the "Seven Mountains", are located in the western Tinh Bien District. Followers of the Buu Son Ky Huong tradition, founded in An Giang in 1849, refer to these mountains as Buu Son, "Precious Mountains".