IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 – Topic : Tourist Attraction

IELTS Speaking Part 2/3 - Topic : Tourist Attraction

Describe something you brought back from a Tourist Attraction

You should say:

  • What is it?
  • Where you brought it?
  • Why you brought it?
  • and explain how did you feel about it.

Model Answer:

You should say:

  • what it was
  •  when and where you went on this holiday
  •  what you did with it after you brought it home and
  • explain why you think it was something special.

(What it was) 

Let me tell you about when I visited Nami Island, a place of interest in Seoul, Korea, and took something significant home.

(When and where you went on this holiday) 

I visited Seoul for seven days during last year’s autumn with my friends. Although we tried a lot of delicious food and went sightseeing around the city, I was looking forward to the Nami trip the most to accomplish a secret mission. I was lucky to visit the island during its peak of autumn, and there were a lot of maple leaves on the island. It was the first time I have ever seen maple leaves. Therefore, I decided to pick some up and bring them home.

(What you did with it after you brought it home) 

So, I gave my friends the maple leaves I brought from the Korea trip as a gift, and I could tell by their faces that they were utterly blown away by the maple leaves even though their colour had faded. Some of my friends also kept the leaves in their books as a bookmark.

 (and explain why you think it was something special) 

Visiting Korea in autumn and witnessing maple leaves was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.Having lived in a tropical country, I’ve never seen real maple leaves in person.


  A place of interest:

Meaning: Sites of interest to tourists

Example: Cu Chi Tunnel is one of sites of interests in Ho Chi Minh City.

To go sightseeing:

Meaning: To look around the tourist sites

Example: Last year we went to London, and we spent most of the trip going sightseeing, there was so much to see!


Meaning: To finish something successfully or to achieve something

Example: The students accomplished the task in less than ten minutes.


Meaning: Peak levels or rates are when they are at their highest

Example: Traffic congestion is really bad at peak periods

To be blown  away:

Meaning: To be surprised so much

Example: Winning first prize and a full scholarship blew her away.


Meaning: To (cause to) lose colour, brightness, or strength gradually

Example: If you hang your clothes out in the bright sun, they will fade.


Meaning: An once-in-a-lifetime experience or opportunity is very special because you will probably only have it once.

Example: A tour of Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Part 3 questions:

  1. What souvenirs people buy from tourist attractions?

Generally, people buy things which are available only in that place. For example, when going on a tour to hill stations, people buy powders of tea, coffee, and homemade chocolates which are special in hilly areas. When touring the Taj Mahal, people don’t forget to get a toy image of it. People also buy keychains, pens, and hats.

  1. Why do people like to take photos while travelling?

Photos are wonderful and easy ways of capturing special moments. They serve as a testimony to the places that you have visited. They are also useful tools to capture age. For example, a two-year-old photograph can make him/her jump with joy when they look at it later when they have grown.

  1. Is it good that the locals sell things to tourists?

It is partially good. Local people get business from the tourists, which helps them make a livelihood. But locals take advantage of the tourists, especially foreigners, and sell things at a higher price, which is not good.

  1. What are the pros and cons of taking professional cameras when travelling?

Professional cameras help capture precious moments with very high quality. But some cameras are very heavy to carry and have high chances of getting stolen.

  1. What would you like to buy when you are on holiday?

I love to buy handbags. I have a huge collection of them. I also buy scarves, hand-kerchiefs, keychains, and things which are special in that place.

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking photographs?

Photographs have more advantages than disadvantages. They capture our special moments. It is a joy to look at our photos of when we were young. But the trouble is they have to be maintained properly. Poor maintenance will lead to them getting torn, and we would have lost some special moment of ours. For example, the photo could be torn between the eyes, and hence our face would not be visible.

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