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.
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 The Lotus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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