Photo series: Along the Dak Bla river

“The land is still flowing down but the river flows backwards/The water flows towards the rapids” – poem Ta Van Sy talks about the Dak Bla river flowing through Kon Tum city. The Dak Bla river is the confluence of three main rivers Dak S’Nghé, Dak Koi and Dak Pne in Kon Ray district, flowing to Kon Tum city and merging with the Po Ko river to form the Se San river. Dak Bla River is not only valuable in many aspects but is also associated with the lives and productive labor of the Ba Na and Kinh communities on both banks.

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Dak Bla river curves around Kon Tum city.

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Kon S’ko junction, Dak Ruong commune, Kon Ray district – the starting point of the Dak Bla stream

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Every day, people in Kon H’ngo K’tu village, Vinh Quang commune, Kon Tum city cross the river to work in the fields.

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Villagers of Kon H’ngo K’tu harvest corn grown on the riverbank mudflats

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Boats carry noodles from the other side of the river to the wharf to be loaded onto trucks and transported to the factory

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People in Le Loi ward, Kon Tum city harvest sweet potatoes on the mudflats along the Dak Bla river.

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People of Kon H’ra Chot village, Thong Nhat ward, Kon Tum city spread nets to catch fish in the early morning dew

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People of Kon S’koi village, Dak Ruong commune, Kon Ray district fishing nets on the rocks

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People in Kon Jo Dri village, Dak Ro Wa commune, Kon Tum city make banana rafts to carry agricultural products from the fields.

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Children in Kon Ro Bang village, Vinh Quang commune, Kon Tum city drive buffalo across Dak Bla river

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Herd of cows crossing the river at Kon H’ngo K’tu village, Vinh Quang commune, Kon Tum city

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The children of Kon K’Tu village, Dak Ro Wa commune, Kon Tum city bathe every day on the village riverbank.

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Dak Bla bridge section where canoe racing activities often take place during Lunar New Year

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Nowadays, boating on the Dak Bla River is loved by many young people

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Camping activities and organizing events also often take place on the banks of the Dak Bla River

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Dak Bla Bridge – The oldest bridge and with the highest traffic volume connecting the two banks of the Dak Bla River.

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The confluence of Dak Bla river and Po Ko river to form Se San river in Kroong commune, Kon Tum city

Nguyen Ban