Monday, March 17, 2008

Love, Locked-In

It has become a tradition for young lovers in Seoul to place padlocks (often two, linked together) bearing meassages of love along the steel cables around the external observation deck at the base of N Seoul Tower on Namsan.

8 comments:

Destitute Rebel said...

Wow this is quite interesting, I have seen locks here in pakistan on shrines, something to do with prayers being answered. Nice picture.

Rambling Round said...

Better than writing graffiti on a wall.

Chuck Pefley said...

That's a great custom to symbolize the permanence of the relationship. Nice photo of a nice tradition. Thanks for sharing an interesting bit of culture.

Mo said...

Does this happen in other countries in your part of the world? I am always interested in seeing how long it takes for such trends to move around the world.

Phil said...

Seoul is the only place I have seen this so far in my travels. I have heard that the couples throw the keys over the guard rail as a symbol of everlasting love. I'm intrigued to see if the authorities will periodically remove the locks as over time they could amount to a significant mass being suspended from those cables.

Murphy_jay said...

Phil, does this symbolize that the couple is 'locked' together forever?
What happens if they go separate ways? Do they come back and unlock it? :P

Interesting photo, thanks for sharing?

Phil said...

Thanks Jay

It's kind of nice to think that the "until death us do part" philosophy will apply, but somehow I don't think that it will actually be the case for all of the owners of the locks. I could easily imagine a spurned lover coming back with bolt cutters and symbolically severing the connection!

Cheers...

Just Roaming The Cities said...

I like this idea! What a great tradition. Nice photo. I like your daily Seoul shots :)