Of all the things Seoul has to offer, the collection of love of locks at Seoul’s Namsan Tower was my favorite. I guess I’m just a sappy romantic at heart.
I didn’t come to Namsan Tower for the view (not that it’s bad), but to see the thousands of padlocks left behind by couples as a declaration of their everlasting love. I came to Namsan Tower without any expectation, only to learn later on that Namsan Tower is one of the more famous sites for love padlock collection in the world.
I’m not really sure how love and padlocks are connected (bondage?) – but it was an impressive view.
There were all different kinds of locks that I’d like to think represent the couples who left them behind:
Utilitarian, bronze padlock – cutesy, whimsical ones – commitment freak bicycle locks – obsessive, possessive heavy duty locks – to smartphone covers (?).
Not only the locks are… err, locked, onto the security fence around the base of Namsan tower, but they’ve overtaken these tree-shaped structures as well.
And of course the heart shaped sculpture has very little chance of escaping the padlock onslaught.
In some areas the padlocks are layered on so thickly you can’t see the fence anymore.
I wanted to leave a lock behind although Jack wasn’t with me at the time and it felt like it should be a couple thing to do. But it was cold and I was running late to catch my flight. So I left.
(Beside, if I were to get a padlock, it’d be a TSA approved one for my luggage. I guess I’m not a sappy romantic after all).
If I ever get back to Seoul, I wonder….
At the rate these locks are being left behind, would the fence collapse under their collective weight? Would the whole tower be covered with padlocks? Now that would be a sight.