Sơn Tây, Hanoi

Coordinates: 21°08′N 105°30′E / 21.133°N 105.500°E / 21.133; 105.500

Sơn Tây

Thị xã Sơn Tây
Sơn Tây Town
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Sơn Tây is located in Vietnam
Sơn Tây
Sơn Tây
Location of Sơn Tây in Vietnam
Coordinates: 21°8′N 105°30′E / 21.133°N 105.500°E / 21.133; 105.500
Country  Vietnam
Province Hanoi
 • Total 113.5 km2 (43.8 sq mi)
 • Total 230,577
 • Density 2,031/km2 (5,260/sq mi)

Sơn Tây (About this soundlisten) is a district-level town ("thị xã") in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It was the capital of Sơn Tây province before merging with Hà Đông province to form Hà Tây province in 1965. Sơn Tây lies 35 km west of the capital Hanoi. It had a city status in Hà Tây province. However, when Hà Tây was absorbed into Hanoi, Sơn Tây was demoted from a city to a town.[1]

It is often referred to as “soldier town” due to the proliferation of army barracks and military institutions that surrounds the town, including the Vietnamese People's Army Infantry Academy.

Sơn Tây's future is seen as being very much that of a satellite city of Hanoi and as a result there are plans to relocate universities and other public facilities to Sơn Tây where land is cheaper and more plentiful. The government has planned to complete this project by duplicating the main Hanoi—Sơn Tây carriageway which is expected to be completed in 2009.


A Vietnamese cash coin with the characters Sơn Tây (山西) written on it from right-to-left. This coin was produced by the Sơn Tây Mint.

Sơn Tây is known for its thousand year old villages, such as Đường Lâm which retains a collection of vernacular architecture with buildings and temples built using laterite bricks. Và Temple, or Đông Cung, dedicated to Tản Viên, is located on a hill covered with ironwood trees in Vân Giã hamlet, Trung Hưng commune.[2] Phạm Văn Đổng, a general, was from Sơn Tây.


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  1. ^ [1] Proposal to re-establish Sơn Tây City
  2. ^ Minh Trị Lưu - Historical remains & beautiful places of Hanoi and the surrounding areas - Page 204 2000 "Và Temple locates on a hill covered with green of old-age ironwood trees in Vân Gia hamlet, Trung Hưng ward, Sơn Tây town. Và Temple is differently called Đông Cung (East palace), dedicating to God Tản Viên"
  3. ^ "Vietnam Building Code Natural Physical & Climatic Data for Construction" (PDF) (in Vietnamese). Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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