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Pleiku

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Volcanos
Pleiku is a city in central Vietnam, located in that nation's central highland region. It is the capital of the Gia Lai Province; Many years ago, it was inhabited primarily by the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic groups, sometimes known as the Montagnards or Degar. But now, it is inhabited primarily by Kinh ethnic group. The town is the centre of the urban district of Pleiku which covers an area of 261 km².As of 2003 the district had a population of 186,763. The city sits at the junction of several national roads—National Road 14 to Kon Tum in the north and Buôn Ma Thuột in the south and National Road 19 to Stœng Trêng in Cambodia in the west and to Bình Định Province in the east. The city is home to the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai football club. Pleiku is served by Pleiku Airport in the near outskirts of the city.HistoryFirst Indochina WarAt the end of the First Indochina War, in June 1954, the French Army Groupe Mobile 100 was ordered to fall back from An Khe to Pleiku and then to reopen Route Coloniale 14 between Pleiku and Ban Me Thuot. This led to the last battle of the war: the Battle of Mang Yang Pass
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