A national symbol is something that is special or famous and from a certain country. Each country is famous or well known because of 2 or 3 special things. If we see this symbol we know immediately what country it is from!
A national symbol can be an animal - like the kangaroo from Australia. It could be food or drink - like pizza from Italy. The national symbol could even be a building - like the Statue of Liberty in America.
Here are the national symbols of my country - England!
1. Cup of Tea
The cup of tea is a part of our daily life. We have cups of tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We offer tea to our guests, our colleagues and our customers. A cup of tea is refreshes us in the summer and warms us in the winter.
2. Red Double Decker Bus
The iconic red double decker bus has been seen on the streets of London - and the rest of England - since the 1940s. These types of buses are commonly used as public transport in towns and cities. They can now be found all over the world!
3. Big Ben
Big Ben is the name of the bell in the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster. The clock and the chimes have been seen and heard across the skies of London for over 150 years. This building is the most famous landmark in London - and in England. It's one of the most photographed and filmed locations in the world!
Now it's your turn! Pick 3 symbols from your country and share them with us! Tell us a little about them and try to include a photograph if you can.
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:) Your description of arepa makes I want to try it immediately :D
Thank you Vero, for teaching us about the national symbols of Indonesia!
I've decided I must visit Bali soon. I regret not visiting while I lived in Thailand.
The Komodo Dragon is an incredible creature. I've seen Monitor Lizards in Asia and they were very impressive. These animals are much bigger! Do they often eat humans? The way they infect their prey and patiently wait for them to die is quite frightening. Have you ever seen them in the wild?
Borobudur also looks magnificent. I checked out some pictures on the Internet. Is this a popular place for tourists to visit?
:) Borobudur is so impressive. I watched the documentary film of Komodo Dragon. I'm really afraid of them but I want to see them really. :D
What a great topic!
My country - Vietnam locates in Southeast Asia. Vietnam shares border with Cambodia, Laos and China. It has a long coastline. It includes mainland and islands. The shape of mainland looks like the letter "S". Vietnam has 2 archipelagos (Hoang Sa and Truong Sa) and many big and small islands. This is the map of my country:
And these are three national symbols of Vietnam:
1) Hoan Kiem lake and Thap Rua ( Turtle tower)
It locates in Ha Noi capital. Many years ago, Hoan Kiem lake had an other name - Luc Thuy lake which means Green lake, but its name was changed because of a legend. Hoan Kiem means "return the sword". It is told that Le Loi - a King of Vietnam was given a valuable sword to expel the aggressor. When the peace was restored, the King visited Hoan Kiem lake (at that time, its name is Luc Thuy) and suddenly he saw a huge Turtle emerged from the water, the Turtle took the sword and dived into the water. Many people believe that the Turtle lent the King that sword and then He took it back. From that legend, the lake was changed its name to Hoan Kiem (return the sword). I don't know exactly when Turtle tower was built. Many people tell that it was built among the lake where Le Loi King returned the sword to the Turtle. :)
2) Trong Dong (Bronze Drum)
I don't know much about the meaning of these patterns but they attract my attention very much. If you have an oppotunity to visit my country, don't forget visiting Museum of Vietnamese History to see and know about the meaning of these patterns. :)
Lotus not only has in Vietnam but also in other countries. However, lotus is chosen as national flower in my country by many people because of its purity and innocence.
We have a special salad made from the root of lotus, it is so delicious. I like this food very much :D
Thank you Blue! Some great information from Vietnam.
I really like the story behind the lake and the tower. Are there turtles living in the lake today? I can see why this lake is so historically important to people in Vietnam.
The pattern on the bronze drum is incredible. The pattern looks similar to hieroglyphics (ancient Egyptian writing).
The lotus is a beautiful flower. The special salad looks delicious too. Can you make it?
Yes, there are. Many turtles are living there, some turtles are very old.
Hehe, I don't know to make it, I just know to eat it :D (My mother makes it so delicious. When I finish my studying and come back my home, I will learn making it from her :D)
:) I'm looking forward to meeting you in Vietnam :D
Thank you Pueng! As you know I lived in Thailand for many years. These are 3 things that I remember fondly.
I love somtum! When I first arrived in Thailand I thought it was very spicy, but I soon learnt to enjoy the spiciness. I hop I can eat somtum again soon.
It's interesting that Thailand has many different types of tuk-tuk. I like the ones in Bangkok, they are fun but a little scary. In Phuket the tuk-tuks are very expensive.
That's a lovely picture of a smile. I miss the Thai smile - especially from my students. They always had a lovely smile for me in the classroom. This is a nice memory for me. :)