History of Phan Rang-Thap Cham

The ancient Panduranga, the capital of the southernmost of city-states of Champa was located where Phan Rang is now. The town of Phan Rang was established in 1917 by edict of Emperor Khải Định and remained the provincial capital of Ninh Thuận Province until 1976, when the province merged with Bình Thuận Province to form Thuận Hải Province. The town was divided into Phan Rang in the east, which became part of Ninh Hải District and Tháp Chàm in the west, which became part of An Son district. The two were again combined in 1992 to become Phan Rang-Tháp Chàm, the capital of Ninh Thuận Province, achieving city status in 2007