Y Ddraig Goch, the Welsh Red Dragon

Y Ddraid Goch, the Red Dragon of Wales

Y Ddraid Goch, the Red Dragon of Wales

Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, Wales

Y Ddraig Goch, the Red Dragon, appears on the national flag of Wales, which itself is also called Y Ddraig Goch.

The dragon is often associated with the words Y Ddraig Goch a ddyry Gychywyn, which mean the Red Dragon will show the way.

You see the Red Dragon everywhere here, not only on flags and shields, but also on souvenirs, clothing, and shop awnings.

Y Ddraig Goch on shop awnings, Llangollen, Wales

Y Ddraig Goch on shop awnings, Llangollen, Wales

Welsh Christmas Ornament

Welsh Christmas Ornament

 
There are many legends associated with the Red Dragon, one of which is that it prophesied the coming of King Arthur.

Since the Middle Ages, the Red Dragon has symbolised bravery and victory.

 

Keeping up with our tradition of buying a Christmas ornament when we visit new places, and having seen many sheep and newborn lambs in England as well as Wales on this trip, we couldn’t resist a sheep wearing a Red Dragon hoodie.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Love that ornament. I don’t think I knew about the red dragon on the flag.

  2. Thanks, Linda! I also hadn’t realised how prevalent the Red Dragon was until we got to Wales.

    Cheers.

  3. Lovely! I think I’ve been in that shop!

  4. Thank you, BooksPlease! It was your blog post about Wales last year that piqued my interest in the Red Dragon 🙂

  5. There are dragon stories all over the region.

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