Kampong Chhnang province – Wikipedia

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Province of Cambodia

Province in Cambodia

Kampong Chhnang (Khmer: ខេត្តកំពង់ឆ្នាំង [kɑmpɔŋ cʰnaŋ]; meaning ‘Port of Pottery’) is one of the central provinces (khaet) of Cambodia. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampong Speu and Pursat. The provincial capital is the city of Kampong Chhnang.[2][3]


Kampong Chhnang consists of two Khmer words, kampong (កំពង់ kâmpóng) means “port” or “harbor” and chhnang (ឆ្នាំង chhnăng) means “pottery”. Both words combine together meaning “Port of Pottery” or “Pottery Harbor”.


Group of palm trees in Kampong Chhnang province

Kampong Chhnang is a small province 91 kilometres (57 mi) from Phnom Penh. It is in the alluvial plain of central Cambodia and is drained by the Tonle Sap, a tributary of the Mekong river. The capital city of Phnom Penh has grown until it actually encompasses the provincial border of Kampong Chhnang.[4]


The name translates from Khmer literally to Port of Pottery. Archaeological remains from the area have revealed among many other findings artifacts from Dvaravati, a former kingdom in present-day Thailand, dating to the 6th through 11th centuries.[5]

Kampong Chhnang province centuries ago was a coastal city on the route between China and India; due to sedimentation from the Mekong river, the coast line moved much farther to sea. When the Tonle Sap river changed its course, the city lost its main water source and thus was deserted, the population moving to a city called Kampong Tralach. A city gradually formed around it, bring new life to Kampong Chhnang. A museum presents the archaeological record of the city’s history.


The provincial tree is Diospyros decandra. The provincial slogan is sweet pomelos, delicious rice, beautiful young ladies.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province is subdivided into 7 districts and 1 municipality. The districts are further subdivided into 65 communes (khum) and 478 villages (phum). There is one city and 14 townships. There are also 102 khum administrative organizations (KAO).[6][7][8]

ISO code District Khmer Population (2019)[9]
04-01 Baribo ស្រុកបរិបូណ៌ 55,371
04-02 Chol Kiri ស្រុកជលគីរី 31,322
04-03 Kampong Chhnang Municipality ក្រុងកំពង់ឆ្នាំង 41,080
04-04 Kampong Leng ស្រុកកំពង់លែង 44,066
04-05 Kampong Tralach ស្រុកកំពង់ត្រឡាច 99,356
04-06 Rolea Bier ស្រុករលាប្អៀរ 103,219
04-07 Samakki Meanchey ស្រុកសាមគ្គីមានជ័យ 81,197
04-08 Teuk Phos ស្រុកទឹកផុស 62,287


  1. ^ “General Population Census of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019 – Final Results” (PDF). National Institute of Statistics. Ministry of Planning. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  2. ^ “The Official Tourism website of Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia”. Kampong Chhnang Official Tourism Website. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  3. ^ “Introduction – Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia”. Tourism of Cambodia. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  4. ^ “Geography – Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia”. Tourism of Cambodia. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  5. ^ “Kampong Chhnang province Trip Planner”. Inspirock. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  6. ^ “Kampong Chhnang Province” (PDF). Cambodia investment. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  7. ^ “Map 4. Administrative Areas in Kampong Chhnang Province by District and Commune” (PDF). Stat Gov Japan. Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ “Map – Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia”. Canby Publications Co. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  9. ^ https://www.nis.gov.kh/nis/Census2019/Final%20General%20Population%20Census%202019-English.pdf[bare URL PDF]

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