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KONTUM

Kontum lies in the northernmost part of the Central Highlands, shares 142-km border with Quang Nam province in the north, 203-km border with Gia Lai province, 74-km border with Quang Ngai province in the east and 207.7-km border with Laos and Cambodia. Most of the province  territory lies on the western part of Truong Son mountain range. The capital city bears the same name as the province: Kon Tum City is the province’s cultural, economic and social center situated on the bank of DakBla river.
 
 
Area: 9,689.6 km2
 
Population: 453,200 inhabitants composed of 42 ethnics among which major people are Viet, then native people as Sedang, Bahnar, Gie Trieng, Jarai. Other groups have small quantities: Muong, Thai, Tay, Nung, Hre, Brau, Romam.
 
Topography: Kontum is west of the Truong Son Mountain range, sloping from north to south and from east to west. The terrain is very steep in the north, with the height in this area varying from 800-1,200m, and the height on the southern side is from 500-530m. Ngoc Linh Peak  is the highest of the province at 2,600m.
 
Rivers: Kontum has 2 main rivers: Ba river, originating from Kon Klang mountain, Kon Plong district, flowing through Gia Lai and Phu Yen provinces before reaching  the East Sea and Se San river formed by 2 tributaries DakBla and Poko.
 
Other rivers and springs: Tra Khuc River originates from the northeast of Kontum running to Quang Ngai; Thu Bon and Vu Gia Rivers originate from the north of the province and run to Quang Nam, Da Nang. Sa Thay River, originating from Ngoc Rinh Rua Peak, runs from the north to the south and nearly in parallel to the Cambodia border and pours into Sesan River. In general, these water resources are suitable for the development of hydropower and irrigation.
 
Administrative organization: Kontum is divided into 9 units including 1 city and 8 districts.
 
Climate: Kontum has a tropical mountainous monsoon climate. Average annual temperature is 22/230C with an average amplitude of 8/90C. Kontum has 2 seasons: the rainy season from April to November, the dry season from December to March.
Heavy rains occur in August; in dry season winds blow from northeast, in rainy seasons winds blow from southwest.
 
Sights of interest
 
Kontum is featured with the majestic mountainous landscapes such as Ya Ly lake, Mang Den pine forest, natural stone bank at Km 23, DakNung waterfalls, Dakto hot spring and numberless of special use forests and national parks as Chu Mom Ray Primitive Forest... to be developed into ecotourist spots. Besides are historical relics related to the Vietnam war such as: Kontum Former Prison, Dak Glei prison,Ho Chi Minh Trail, DakTo-Tan Canh battlefields. Kontum has colorful, diversified culture of ethnic groups. Their customs are unique with special traditional festivals like cong chieng (gongs), buffalo sacrifice, graves’ leaving festivity, new rice festival...
 
The wooden church, built in 1913 and completed in 1918, was totally made of “ca chit” wood under the Roman style in combination with the stilted house architecture of Ba Na ethnic minority people.
In the church campus also stands an orphanage and a workshop of fine arts products of ethnic minority groups. In the yard, there are artistic statues made of tree roots. The church was decorated with artistic patterns which bear the Central Highlands’ identity, creating solemn but close impressions. There are a great variety of stained glass frames on which classic references of the Bible were drawn. These frames are designed to get lights and create colourful beauty for the basilica. All the walls were built with soil mixed with straw, a way of building houses by residents in the central region of Vietnam. They are still solid and beautiful although nearly a century has passed.
 
 
 
Kontum seminary, now home to Kontum diocese, was built by the first bishop of Kontum from 1935 to 1938. It has a chapel with beautiful wood carvings and a 'traditional room' upstairs that functions as an unofficial museum of hill-tribe life.
 
 
 
Kon Klor suspension bridge is located in Kon Klor village, about 2km from Kontum city center, connecting the two shores of DakBla river. The bridge is 292m long, 4.5m wide, built from 1993 to 1994. Since its construction, locals have more facilities to go from their village to the city.
 
 
 
 
KonKoTu village, located on the bank of DakBla river, about 5 km east of Kon Tum city center, is the most  frequently visited of Bahnar villages. In fact it is the oldest village in Kontum province.Though now linked to Kon Tum by a surfaced road, it makes a pleasant walk to go there by paths and it’s possible to overnight in the village rong.
 
All the 20 houses in the village are built around the traditional Rong house. A Bahnar house is rectangular with an average length of 10m. Each house has 12 colums made of “ca chit” wood separated into two ranks, creating the stability to the house.
 
In a long house, there may be 3 or 4 generations living together, expressing the solidarity of the population and is the pride of Bahnar ethnicity.
 
 
                                                     Rong house                                                                   Bahnar house
 
 
Ancient battlefiels’ relics at Dak To-Tan Canh, Phuong Hoang airport, Base 42, Ho Chi Minh Trail, PleiKan battlefield.
 
 
 
Space of Cong chieng culture is the pride of Central Highlands’ People because it was recognized as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (2008) by UNESCO. Gongs and gong culture present a means to affirm the community and its cultural identities. The cultural space of Tay Nguyen gong spreads over five provinces, including Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong and the masters of gong culture are the ethnic groups, composed of  Ba Na, Xe Dang, M’nong, Ede and Gia Rai people.
 
  
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