Vietnamese culture: The original name of some provinces and towns in southern Vietnam (Part 3)

Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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The original name of some provinces and towns in southern Vietnam (Part 2)

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5.    Sóc Trăng

According to Vuong Hong Sen, its exact name is “Sốc Trăng”, which comes from the Khmer word “Khléang”. “Srock” means “country”, “Khléang” means “treasure of King”. “Srock Khléang” means “the place where the treasure of King located”.  At first, Vietnamese people called it “Sốc Kha Lăng”, which later turned into “Sóc Trăng”.

6. Some other places’ names:

“Cái Răng” (in Cantho) is from “k’ran”, means “cà ràn”, a kind of oven used to cook with firewood.

“Trà Vinh” is from “ Prha Trapenh”, means “the supernatural pond”.

Tra Cuong River (sông Trà Cuông) in Soc Trang is from the Khmer word “Prek Trakum”, means “the river of river spinach” (“Trakum” means “river spinach”).

“Sa Đéc” is from the word “Phsar Dek”, “Phsar” means “market”, “Dek” means “iron”

“Tha La”, a famous place in Tay Ninh Province, is from the word “Srala”, means “ the place where Buddhists rest”.

“Cà Mau” is from the Khmer word “Tưck Khmau”, mean “black water”.

To be continued…

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