Travel Picks: Top 10 good luck symbols around the world

Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:28am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Stumbled across an indentation in a stone slab or a shiny spot on a bronze relief on your travels? That's a sign you've found a local symbol of good luck.

Travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) has compiled a list of "Ten Great Good Luck Symbols" around the world to help the superstitious tourist. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Statue of Juliet, Casa di Guilietta; Verona, Italy

Shakespeare must be rolling in his grave over this one. Visitors to the tragic heroine's statue rub her right breast in the quest for good luck. The truly romantic also leave love letters on the walls of her house.

2. Van Mieu (Temple of Literature); Hanoi, Vietnam

In a long-standing tradition, students with pending exams come here to touch the heads of the courtyard's 82 tortoises for luck. The pupils in this area must have extraordinarily high grade point averages as the stone heads of the tortoises have become virtually soft from the repeated touching.

3. St. John of Nepomuk Statue; Prague, Czech Republic

The rules for this one are a little complicated but for the very superstitious it's worth the effort. Touching the reliefs on the statue of St. John of Nepomuk is said to bring good luck, but if you want good fortune that's a little more specific, walk a few steps toward Old Town and find the cross with five stars on the left parapet of the bridge. Touch each of the five stars with a finger and rest your left palm on the cross and make your wish!

4. Rock of Luck; Kusu Island, Singapore   Continued...

 
<p>Italian-American artist Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull statue stands at the financial square on the Bund after its unveiling in Shanghai May 15, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>