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Name: Thành Phố Đà Nẵng
Meaning: "big river" (in Cham)
Region: South Central Coast
Area: 1,256km²
Population: 715,000
Ethnicities: Viet, Hoa, Co Tu, Tay

Đà Nẵng is a region and city in central Vietnam near the ancient capital of Huế. The Chữ Nôm characters for the city are "岘港".

Danang, or Danang Bay, is a port city in central Vietnam and on the coast of the South China Sea. The region of Danang is made up of 5 districts and 2 islands, covering 942 km2 inland and 15000 km2 of outlying islands. It is located south of Hue, Vietnam, 764 km south of Hanoi and 964km north of Ho Chi Minh City.

The city is lead by Nguyen Ba Thanh, the Chairman of Danang People's Committee.



In August 1858, French troops landed, under the orders of Napoleon III, beginning colonial occupation in the area. As a concession it was named Tourane in French. It came to be considered one of Indochina's five major cities.

In December 1996, the region was formally designated Đà Nẵng province. The government of Đà Nẵng city was inaugurated officially on January 1, 1997.


Danang is home to two university, University of Danang and Duy Tan Private University and 5 colleges (Junior College, Technical College, College of Economics and Business Administration Teachers College, and Higher School of Technology).


Danang cultural history dates back only 300 years, so the area is historically new when compared to the 4,000 year existence of Vietnamese culture. It is home to Cham Museum the ancient pagodas of Hai Chau Pho Da Long Tho.


The city is classed as an industrial zone and has port facilities to handle container traffic. A number of light industries are located in the city.

The city's economic output includes:

  • seafood export
  • furniture - ratan
  • household goods
  • clothing

Some 4,900 factories/production facilities are located in Danang. In 1997, Danang exported around fifty-five million US dollars worth of goods.


Danang is the end of the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) which stretches over Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

By Air

Danang International Airport located at the center of the city is the third international airport in Vietnam besides Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) and Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi). It is an important gateway to access central Vietnam. Before 1975, it was one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport has several domestic connections, and a limited number of international routes.

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