What You Don’t Know About Vietnam’s National Flower

Did you know Vietnam’s National Flower is the Lotus flower, also known as Nelumbo, an aquatic plant part of the Nelumbonaceae family, not only beautiful but also steeped in ancient and religious significance. The elegant tall stem opens into a big blousy colourful pink or white bloom.

Vietnamese Lotus Flower
Vietnamese Lotus Flower

Today the sacred Lotus flower symbolises the purity of heart and mind while representing long life, good health and luck.  Did you know that the Lotus flower is used in many of today’s products and inspired one of the world’s tallest buildings? Read on to discover more about the blooming marvellous Lotus flower.

Vietnam's National Flower - Lotus in Mosaic, Hanoi, Vietnam ©MDHarding
Vietnam’s National Flower – Lotus Mosaic, Hanoi, Vietnam ©MDHarding

Vietnam’s National Flower The Lotus

Tea

Lotus tea dates back to the 19th century when it was first originally created for King Tu Duc. The high-quality green leaves are placed within the lotus flower for a day to acquire the aroma. The ancient speciality tea of Vietnam is one of today’s most popular herbal teas and well known for its medicinal properties.

While in Hoi An why not experience a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony with the Lifestart Foundation. The not for profit charity helps disadvantaged Vietnamese People and their families to become self-sufficient. Discover, enjoy and travel sustainably.

Lifestart foundation Tea, Vietnam
Lifestart foundation Tea ©MDHarding

Chocolate

Henk a luxury chocolate from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam produces a variety of chocolate including the one pictured below. The delicious milk chocolate bar with Lotus seed is very light and has a creamy texture.

Henk Milk Chocolate, Lotus Seeds,vietnam
Henk Milk Chocolate & Lotus Seeds ©MDHarding

Cuisine

Vietnamese food takes many shapes and forms, an important part of today’s culture. The classic Lotus Root Stir Fry is sweet and crunchy filled with many vitamins and minerals.

Ayurvedic Medicine

The ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine uses lotus flowers, leaves and seeds. Which are said to assist with anti-aging, curing fits, blood from teeth, reducing cholesterol, fatty liver, diabetes, stress and muscle cramps.

What You Don't Know About Vietnam's National Flower
Vietnam’s National Flower ©MDHarding

Landscape and Architecture

Did you know one of the world’s tallest building’s, the Saigon Skydeck standing at 262 metres was inspired by the elegant tall standing Lotus Flower? The architecture is to resemble an un-open lotus bud about to bloom and thrive.

It’s one not to be missed while visiting Ho Chi Min city, with 360-degree views, shop, cafe and exhibition.

Saigon Skydeck
Saigon Skydeck ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading, inspired to visit and see the blooming marvellous national flower of Vietnam, the Lotus. As always, I would love to hear from you. Please drop any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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