Lotus – Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of divine beauty

The Vietnamese has a famous folk poems meaning that “In the pond, nothing’s more beautiful than lotus, the flower of the dawn”. The elegance of the lotus is often cited in the Vietnamese folk songs and poems. To the Vietnamese, lotus is known as an exquisite flower, symbolizes the purity, serenity, commitment and optimism of the future as it is the flower which grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night, the flower closes and sinks under water. It rises and opens again at dawn. How it blossoms and recedes at certain times of the day makes the flower remain untouched by impurity. Thus, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. And just like the lotus, Vietnam has a strong affinity with the water. From history to present, Vietnamese farmers working on the paddy fields while fishermen make livelihood from the rivers and streams. Vietnamese civilization sprung out of the Red River delta, where wet-rice cultivation along with fishing and rice planting was the mainstay of living.

Flower of the dawn

Flower of the dawn

One interesting research reported that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do.
Such is the Vietnamese love for the lotus that it was voted as the country’s national flower.— for which one of the criteria was that it “must be found in many localities”, and it would be hard to travel through Vietnam during lotus season without coming across a pond or lake filled with them.

The divine of beauty

The divine of beauty

Early in the morning, elderly ladies push off in their boats to cut the flowers ready for selling later that day. Later in the day, young lovers and groups of girls dressed up along to the ponds for both professional and amateur photo shoots. Enterprising land — or pond — owners have put up bridges jutting out into the ponds and charge for the privilege of taking photos on the bridge or out on small boats among the flowers.The white and pink flowers are most commonly seen in the ponds and streets of Hanoi, with pink being considered the supreme of all lotuses.
A beautiful sight along Yen Phu St.

A beautiful sight along Yen Phu St.

As well as being beautiful to look at, and having a wonderful fragrance, lotus flowers have other uses: the young stems are used in salads, the stamens can be dried and made into a herbal tea and the lotus seeds are eaten raw, dried or boiled. The sweet soup is particularly tasty.

It is the lotus flower season in Hanoi now, how can I not miss the time when my buddy and I walked along the West Lake area awashing with the beautiful blooms, enjoying the lotus fragance and never forgot to buy home a bunch of white or pink flower wrapped in a lotus leaf to put on my piano. Life is beautiful as it should be!

Memories of the afternoons walking along the lake, feeling the serene fragance of lotus

Memories of the afternoons walking along the lake, feeling the serene fragance of lotus


Lotus flowers means a lot to me as they inspire me to continue striving through difficulties and to show my best part to the outside world, no matter how bad the circumstances may be. Just like the lotus flower, bringing beauty and light from the murky darkness at the bottom of the pond. When my mind is muddied with sorrow and my thoughts of hope swampted with doubt, I remember the lotus flower and how naturarlly triumphant it was.
The courage and perseverance of lotus flower

In such cold winter days, nothing makes me more relaxed than drinking a cup of hot lotus tea, listening to the Vietnamese song named “Doa hoa vo thuong” about lotus flowers and contemplating the serenity of lotus pictures. Do you want to try?

13 thoughts on “Lotus – Vietnam’s national flower, a symbol of divine beauty

    • Hi Oscar, that’s very sweet of you. However, i am not sure if we can find some lotus flowers here in Melbourne. You can buy her a beautiful bunch of roses attached by a big kiss instead:-) Hope you guys had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Cheers:-)

  1. Wow, great post! I didn’t realise that the lotus flower was the national flower for Vietnam! If I ever get the chance to visit I will definitely be keeping an eye out for them! Do the flowers have a particular season, or are they available all year round?

    • Thanks India for your comment, it’s amazing that lotus flower is also the national flower of India, isn’t it? In Hanoi, Lotus flowers are in bloom from around mid-May to mid-July, so if you want to enjoy the view, let’s come during this time. Welcome to Hanoi, my hometown, i will be your free tourist guide if you want:-) Cheers!

  2. Lovely post Ha!!! I like the meaning of Lotus. It does inspire me. i”ve tried lotus tea too and it has this unique taste. i love it. Reading your post makes me miss home so much, because the culture and belief is not that different than Bali.

  3. Hi Min!
    The flowers look awsome… i cant find these lotus flowers anywhere around Melbourne…. is it only available overseas? I like the background… it has a good flow to your blog…

    • Many thanks Rob, i’m glad you like the background:-) I am not sure if you can find some lotus around here, but there are so many beautiful flowers in Melbourne, esp when spring comes, I was totally sunk in the colorful flowers in Fitzroy Garden, their perfume was irresistable! Hope you enjoy my coming blogs:-) Cheers!

  4. Hi Min,

    I really like flowers but never knew that lotus was a national flower for Vietnam! Lotus is a great type of flower and I really like the scent! I remember my parents used to take me to a lake full of lotus flowers when I was young and we would just sit by the cafe and looking at the beautiful lotus! and you are right you can eat it too!! in fact lots of parts can be used for many types of cuisines! great post

    • Thanks Ting for your comment, i can imagine how relaxed and happy you were sitting by the cafe with your beloved family, looking at the beautiful lotus flowers. Those precious moments are especially hard to find during the busy circle of life. Wishing you all the best, keep smiling:-) Cheers!

  5. Hi Min

    Great Post. I had no idea the lotus was so beautiful and had so much meaning. My sister is a passionate horticulturalist and I will be passing on your blog to her. Well done. Lovely use of pictures.


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