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Mỹ Tho





Location: Tien Giang province  Map


Vinh Trang Pagoda

32 Hung Vuong St.

Tel. (073) 387 2290

Open 7am- 6pm daily




Description of Mỹ Tho

Mỹ Tho is a major city in the Tien Giang province in the South Vietnam. Mỹ Tho was found by the Chinese refugees in 1680's in the delta of the Mekong delta. To this day rivers and streams of this majestic river plays an important role in moving people and items.


In 1683 China became a colony of the Qing Empire, causing Chinese migrations to the region of Vietnam. These refugees founded Mỹ Tho in the 1680s. Once part of the Khmer Empire, the area was annexed to Vietnam in the 19th century, receiving its name from the homonymous river. Thanks to its proximity to Saigon, Mỹ Tho became the traditional entrance to the Mekong Delta. By the 17th century the city had already become one of the largest shopping centers in the southern region of Vietnam.

In the 1860s, during the French occupation, the city, together with Saigon, became an important strategic point. The French capture of Mỹ Tho happened in 1862, establishing then the French colony of Cochinchina. During this colonial period the economy continued to prosper, attracting immigrants from Teochew and Minnan. Mỹ Tho is recognized as a Second Degree city since October 7, 2005.





Mitho was founded in the 1680s by Chinese refugees from Taiwan, when the head of the Qing Shi Lon dynasty took power from the southern Ming dynasty in 1683. The area at that time was once part of the Khmer kingdom and was annexed to Vietnam in the 18th century. The city is named after the river Mitho, which means “wonderful” (My) “reeds” (Tho).

Due to its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City, Mytho was a traditional transportation point in the Mekong Delta. In the 17th century, the city became one of the largest commercial centers in the southern part of today's Vietnam.

In the 1860s, Mitho, along with Ho Chi Minh City, became one of the main strategic cities during the French colonial campaign. In 1862, the capture of Mitho was seen as the completion of the creation of the French colony of Kohinhin, which opened almost a century of French colonial rule in Vietnam.

During the colonization period, the economy continued to flourish, attracting more immigrants, mainly from Chaozhou and Minnan. In 1876, Mitho became one of the six provinces of southeast Vietnam.




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