Phong Dien district: the northern key economic region of Thua Thien Hue province

Update4/21/2020 2:20:27 PM
The center of Phong Dien townlet, Phong Dien district
The center of Phong Dien townlet, Phong Dien district

Located in the north of Thua Thien Hue province, about 30km from Hue city center, Phong Dien district has the population of 91.868 and the area of 945,66 km2 (according to Thua Thien Hue statistical yearbook 2022). Totally, there are 15 communes, 1 townlet and 136 hamlets including 02 hamlets of ethnic minority groups. Phong Dien townlet, which is the center for administration, economy, culture and society of the district, is expected to become the urban center in the north of Thua Thien Hue province. Eco-city is anticipated to be developed together with Phong Dien natural reserve in the west of national road 1A.

Phong Dien borders with Hai Lang district (Quang Tri province) to the west and northwest. To the northeast, southeast and south, the district shares its borders with the East Sea, Quang Dien and A Luoi district respectively. It is the locality where many national important traffic routes such as national road 1A and trans-Vietnam railway cross. Besides, the East-west economic corridor facilitates local economic exchange.

Situated in a narrow strip of land limited by O Lau and Bo river, Phong Dien’s terrain is diverse with mountain to the southwest (Phong My, Phong Xuan, Phong Son, Phong An, a part of Phong Thu commune and Phong Dien townlet), plain (Phong Hoa, Phong Binh, Phuong Chuong, Phong Hien, a part of Phong Thu commune and Phong Dien district), coastal and lagoon region (Dien Huong, Dien Mon, Dien Loc, Dien Hoa and Dien Hai commune).

The mountainous area has the average altitude of about 1000m and the slope of 35o. It has the potentials for developing specialized farming areas and perennial crops. Local rich alluvial land which is made up by Bo River and O Lau River stretches along the national road 1A, is appropriate for growing rice and short term industrial plants. In addition to forestry, particularly protection forest, local coastal areas and lagoon is ideal for shrimp breeding.

Thanks to local natural resources, Phong Dien district is capable of developing comprehensive agriculture including farming, forestry and aquaculture in commodity production direction. It is also home to diverse minerals such as limestone, peat, mineral water, facilitating the development of local industry.

When it comes to tourism, Phong Dien has great potential. There are many famous places of interest located in the district such as Phuoc Tich ancient village, Thanh Tan mineral water springs, Hoa My battlefields, Giac Luong pagoda, etc. Many traditional handicraft villages can also be found in Phong Dien, for example, jewelry making (Ke Mon and Dien Mon village), forging (Phong Hien commune), pottery making (Phuoc Tich village), etc.

In recent years, Thua Thien Hue province has made every effort to create favorable investment environment as well as promote Phong Dien's socio-economic development. In this attempt, district’s industry, infrastructure, electricity network, irrigation, water drainage and telecommunication are invested.

On the basis of local strategic geographical position, sufficient natural resources and good investment environment, Phong Dien is expected to become the key economic region in the north of Thua Thien Hue province in the near future.

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