More than 80 percent of voters in Hanoi have chosen the lotus as Vietnam's national flower, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced Saturday (January 29).
According to the ministry, 35,000 votes were submitted at a flower festival, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and several universities.
More votes will be collected in the central and southern regions, it said, adding that the final result will be reported to the government this September 2, Vietnam's Independence Day.
The lotus flower has also won several online polls.
Included in the criteria for choosing the national flower are that it must have originated in Vietnam or grown in the country for a long time. It must also be found in many localities and featured widely in various national art forms.