Kampong Speu Province

Kampong Speu (Khmer: ខេត្តកំពង់ស្ពឺ, IPA: [kɑmpɔːŋ spɨː], "Starfruit Port") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Pursat and Kampong Chhnang to the north, Kandal to the east, Takéo to the southeast, Kampot to the south and Koh Kong to the west. Its capital is Chbar Mon town.

Kampong Speu Province

ខេត្តកំពង់ស្ពឺ
A flooded field in Kampong Speu
A flooded field in Kampong Speu
Official seal of Kampong Speu Province
Seal
Map of Cambodia highlighting Kampong Speu
Map of Cambodia highlighting Kampong Speu
Coordinates: 11°30′N 104°20′E / 11.500°N 104.333°E / 11.500; 104.333Coordinates: 11°30′N 104°20′E / 11.500°N 104.333°E / 11.500; 104.333
Country Cambodia
Provincial status1907
CapitalChbar Mon Municipality
Government
 • GovernorVei Samnang (CPP)
Area
 • Total7,017 km2 (2,709 sq mi)
Area rank11th
Population
 (2019 census)[1]
 • TotalIncrease 872,219
 • Rank8th
 • Density124/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Density rank11th
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Dialing code+855
ISO 3166 codeKH-5
Districts8

EtymologyEdit

Kampong Speu in Khmer means "starfruit port" or "starfruit harbor". In Khmer, kampong is a place-name element, meaning "port" or "harbor". It derives from the Austronesian language, Malay, in which it means "village". Speu in the Khmer language means "starfruit".

Administrative divisionsEdit

The province is subdivided into 7 districts and 1 municipality.

ISO Code District Khmer
05-01 Basedth ស្រុកបរសេដ្ឋ
05-02 Chbar Mon Municipality ក្រុងច្បារមន
05-03 Kong Pisei ស្រុកគងពិសី
05-04 Aoral ស្រុកឱរ៉ាល់
05-05 Oudong ស្រុកឧដុង្គ
05-06 Phnom Sruoch ស្រុកភ្នំស្រួច
05-07 Samraong Tong ស្រុកសំរោងទង
05-08 Thpong ស្រុកថ្ពង

EconomyEdit

The Wing Star Shoes factory in Kampong Speu Province manufactures Asics sports shoes. It collapsed in 2013.[2] Three people were killed.[3] Workers struck at the Wing Star Shoes Factory in 2014, blocking National Route 3, and demanding a $5 raise in bonuses and enforcement of labor laws.[4] In 2016 and 2018, mass faintings of workers were reported. The cause in 2016, initially attributed to a worker having been possessed by a "spirit," was later revised to "poor health and imagination."[5] 2018, police reported that after a worker had a seizure, her "scream caused a mass panic, prompting workers to run, feel dizzy and faint."[6]

AttractionEdit

Phnom AuralEdit

Phnom Aural is the tallest peak in Cambodia. It is 1,813 meters tall (other sources give elevations between 1,771 and 1,667 meters). It is in the eastern part of the Cardamom Mountains. To protect the biodiversity of the mountains, Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary was established. This mountain in located in Aoral District, Kampong Speu Province.

 
Phnom Aural Peak is the second peak from the left in the mountains behind

OudongEdit

Located at the foothill of the mountain Phnom Oudong, about 40 km northwest of the modern capital Phnom Penh, Oudong was royal residence and Cambodia's capital for more than 250 years until 1866. A monumental royal necropolis of sovereigns of several centuries is scattered on top the prominent bisected mountain, which runs from the southeast to the northeast.[7][8]

 
Phnom Oudong

Kirirom National ParkEdit

 
A natural lake in Kirirom
 
Chambok waterfall

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "General Population Census of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019". National Institute of Statistics. Ministry of Planning. June 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Chen, Dene-Hern (May 18, 2013). "Cambodia factory collapse: How did inspectors miss it?". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  3. ^ "Roof collapse at Cambodian shoe plant kills three - minister". Reuters. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ Pheap, Aun (2014-03-20). "As Wing Star Shoes Strike Enters Third Day, Workers Block Road". The Cambodia Daily. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  5. ^ Kong Meta (November 3, 2016). "'Spirit' initially blamed for shoe factory fainting". Phnom Penh Post.
  6. ^ Mom Kunthear (2018-10-21). "Dozens of workers faint at shoe factory". Khmer Times. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  7. ^ "The Buddha of Chinese deception Oudong Mountain by Bou Saroeun". Phnom Penh Post. 22 June 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  8. ^ "THistory of the Phnom Bakheng Monument" (PDF). Khmer Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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