Published: 10:56 Monday - July 25, 2011
Lotus flowers look bright pink and have pure, soft fragrance.They are in full bloom when summer comes with radiant sunshine. Hanoi is famous for many lotus ponds in West Lake area, which is also widely known for its specialties, namely, lotus seeds and lotus scented tea.
Many young people like to pose for photographs in the area at this time of year. Also, many foreign tourists in Vietnam travel want to come here to enjoy this special sites.
The people of Vietnam regard the Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) as one of the four graceful flowers and plants, along with the pine, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. Known as the ‘flower of the dawn’, the Lotus is found throughout the country at lakes and ponds. To the Vietnamese, the lotus is the symbol of purity, commitment and optimism for the future. The elegance of the lotus is often cited in the Vietnamese folk songs and poems.
In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom. According to legend, he was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed.