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A ‘love lock’ or ‘love padlock’ is a padlock which lovers, sweethearts or individuals lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically their names or initials are inscribed on the padlock and the key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.
Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are now mostly treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism due to the damage they can cause, public safety, and the cost of removing the padlocks. However, there are authorities who embrace them and who use them as fundraising projects, art or tourism attractions.
So please remember before you hang your ‘Love Lock’ somewhere that you have permission to do so!
My goal is to document as many known ‘Love Locks’ Around the World.
Do you know of any more ‘Love Lock’ locations that are not on the map yet, please share them in the comment section so i can add them to the map! 🙂
Love padlocks have existed for quite some time, though there are no certain sources for their origin. The reasons love padlocks started to appear vary between locations and in many instances are unclear.
China & Taiwan
An ancient custom, which is believed to have originated in China is; lovers lock a padlock on a chain or gate and then throw away the key, symbolically locking their love forever.
Another one of the love lock legends comes from Fengyuan, Taiwan, where “love padlocks affixed to an overpass at the city’s train station are often affixed in pairs. These locks are known as ‘wish locks’ and local legend holds that the magnetic field generated by trains passing underneath will cause energy to accumulate in the locks and fulfill the wishes.”
Serbia: Most Ljubavi (The Bridge of Love) in Vrnjačka Banja
The known history of love padlocks dates back at least 100 years to a melancholic Serbian tale of World War I, with an attribution for the bridge Most Ljubavi (lit. the Bridge of Love) in the spa town of Vrnjačka Banja. A local schoolmistress named Nada, who was from Vrnjačka Banja, fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja.
After they committed to each other Relja went to war in Greece where he fell in love with a local woman from Corfu. As a consequence, Relja and Nada broke off their engagement. Nada never recovered from that devastating blow, and after some time she died due to heartbreak from her unfortunate love. As young women from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, with the names of their loved ones on padlocks, and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.
Italy: Pont Milvio in Rome
In Rome, the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the tradition of the “lucchetti d’amore” (padlocks of love) which began with the book ‘Ho voglia de te‘; (I Want You) by Italian author Federico Moccia in 2006, who made a film adaptation in 2007. Imitating the book’s story, countless young people from Rome and beyond have been coming to the bridge to leave padlocks, inscribed with their names, as symbols of their eternal love. The keys are then thrown into the river Tiber. The thousands of “love locks” that festooned the railings and lampposts of Ponte Milvio bridge in Rome were removed on 10 September 2012, following an order by the city’s mayor Gianni Alemanno in December 2011.
It is believed that graduates of the San Giorgio Medical Academy were the first to begin this tradition in Florence when, after graduation, they placed the padlocks on a grating on the Ponte Vecchio.
In the rest of Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. Love-lock bridges were popping up all over the place; from Rome to Paris, Budapest, Cologne, Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Amsterdam, etc, and spread like a plague around the world; New York, Toronto, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel-Aviv, etc, etc (to name a few).
The locks have become romantic tokens – universal symbols for the commitment, strength and constancy of a relationship all over the world.
Yet this symbol of unity has proven ironically polarizing. Many authorities view the custom negatively, and collections of love locks have been removed from bridges following safety concerns.
France: Pont Des Arts in Paris
Probably the most famous (former) Love Lock bridge in the world is Pont Des Arts in Paris. Tourists had attached thousands upon thousands of locks since 2008. By 2012, the number of locks locked upon locks, locked upon locks, was “overwhelming.” In January 2014 two concerned expats living in Paris started a NoLoveLocks Campagne calling for tourists to “unlock their love” (meaning the padlocks), to save the bridges and to take selfies instead.
In February 2014, it was estimated that there were over 700,000 locks. In June 2014, Pont des Arts hit the headlines after one of the parapets of the bridge buckled under the weight of all the love padlocks. By September 2014, glass panels were installed on Paris’ Pont des Arts bridge, to stop lovers from attaching ‘love locks’ to the railings; the panels were tagged with graffiti. The love padlock area, like Banksy’s graffiti, is loved by some people who call it art and hated by others who call it vandalism.
Allowed Love Lock Locations
There are however, also some allowed ‘Love Lock’ locations who embrace them.
Some are tourist attractions, some are art projects, to keep damages caused by the ‘Love Lock’ epidemic in control.
They are especially created to meet the needs of the romantics among us and for lovers to lock their love. Here are a few of them …
The Love Locks Trees at Luzhkov Bridge over the Vodootvodny Canal in Moscow, Russia
In Moscow, metal tree-like structures have been erected specifically for this purpose on Luzhkov Bridge, with a tradition having emerged during the 2000s for couples to visit the site and deposit their own love-locks on the day of their wedding. The first tree of love appeared on the Luzhkov bridge in April 2007. Now there is a whole population of trees of love on the bridge and Bolotnaya embankment. The idea is that couples can symbolize their love by attaching a lock with their names to one of several iron trees. The locks express strength of their relationship. The popularity of it is partly due to a Russian tradition that newly married couples should kiss on a bridge on their wedding day.
Namsan Tower (or N Seoul Tower ) is known as one of iconic symbols in Seoul. This place became a must-visit spot for couples. N Seoul Tower is a romantic pilgrimage for those couples who wish to declare their eternal love, much akin to that of the Pont des Arts in Paris; But unlike the governments in Paris, New York and other cities where love locks are cut down, N Seoul Tower actively encourage people to leave locks in specially designated areas – even going as far to commission metal trees and hearts for this purpose – where now thousands of love locks spreading a message of love are scattered around the base of the tower. | Website http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/
The Legend: Long ago, in the time when Spain ruled Guam, there was a proud family living in Hagåtña, the capital city. The father was a wealthy Spanish aristocrat and the mother was the daughter of a great Chamorro chief. The family owned land and were held in high esteem by all, Chamorro and Spanish alike. Their daughter was a beautiful girl, admired by all for her honesty, modesty, and perfectly natural charm. Her beauty bestowed the greatest pride and dignity unto her family. One day, the girl’s father arranged for her to take a powerful Spanish captain as her husband. When the girl discovered this, she was so distraught that she ran from Hagåtña all the way to the north of Guam until she found a secluded and peaceful shore. There, on the moonlit shore, she met and fell in love with a young warrior from a very modest Chamorro family. He was gentle, with a strong build, and had eyes that searched for meaning in the stars. When the girl’s father learned of the two lovers, he grew angry and demanded that she marry the Spanish captain at once. That day at sundown, she stole away to the same high point along the shore and once again met her Chamorro lover. Her father, along with the captain, and all the Spanish soldiers pursued the lovers up to the high cliff above Tumon Bay. The lovers found themselves trapped between the edge of the cliff and the approaching soldiers. All the young warrior could do was warn them to stay back, and the father ordered the soldiers to halt. The lovers tied their long black hair into a single knot. Acting as if they were entirely alone, they looked deeply into each other’s eyes and kissed for the final time. Then, they leaped over the long, deep cliff into the roaring waters below. The girl’s father and all who remained rushed to the edge to stare in great anguish. Since that day, Chamorros have looked to the jutting peak above Tumon Bay with reverence. The two lovers remain a symbol of true love–a love in which two souls are entwined forever in life and in death. Thereafter, the high point on the cliff was known as Puntan Dos Amantes, or Two Lovers Point. | Website: http://www.puntandosamantes.com/index.html
This beautifully crafted tree of metal swirls and loops can be found nestled within the picturesque grounds and gardens of Palace House at Beaulieu. It is home to a number of love-locks; engraved padlocks bound to the tree by couples wishing to represent ‘locking in’ their love for eternity.
HISTORY: To signify their love for each other after meeting in Japan, Jonathan Montagu, son of the late Edward Lord Montagu, and his wife Nathalie Daoust commissioned this giant bonsai Love Lock tree for their wedding on 4 October 2014. The newlyweds and their guests were invited to lock their engraved padlocks to the tree as a reminder of their special day. Jonathan and Nathalie have now decided that they would like to open up their tree sculpture for couples visiting the Beaulieu attraction to also make it a special place for them. | Website: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/love-lock-tree
Love wall at the House of Juliette (Casa di Giulietta), Verona, Italy
In Verona , Italy, a great solution to the problem was found: in the House of Juliet, a mural was specially made so that the locks of eternal love could have a place of their own. A creative and environmentally friendly solution!
In Verona, an early 14th-century house at Via Cappello no. 23, claiming to be the Capulets’ has been turned into a tourist attraction but it is mostly empty. It features the balcony, and in the small courtyard, a bronze statue of Juliet. It is one of the most visited sites in the town. The metal of its chest is worn bare due to a legend that if a person strokes the right breast of the statue, that person will have good fortune and luck in love.
Many people write their names and the names of their beloved ones on the walls of the entrance, known as Juliet’s wall. They believe that writing on that place will make their love everlasting. After a restoration and cleaning of the building, it was intended that further writing should be on replaceable panels or white sheets placed outside the wall.
It is also a tradition to put small love letters on the walls (which is done by the thousands each year), which are regularly taken down by employees to keep the courtyard clean.
Another tradition that occurs in Juliet’s courtyard is writing your name and that of your loved one on a lock and attaching it to a large ornamental gate in the back left. The gate is overwhelmed with locks that hold hope for lasting love. This tradition is seen throughout Europe on bridges and gates all over cities.
Love Locks Statues at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
Locals and visitors now have a place in Vancouver to publically declare their love by attaching a padlock to a new public art display and throwing away the key.
The Vancouver Park Board unveiled the four-sculpture display, called Love in the Rain, in Queen Elizabeth Park in Sept 2016. The sculptures, located near the Bloedel Conservatory, feature four entwined couples under umbrellas and each pair has a metal skirt that people can attach their lock onto. Vancouver-based artist Bruce Voyce tried to create a special place for each special love. You’ll notice that each sculpture is unique to celebrate the diversity of love,” he said. The umbrellas were inspired by the Japanese tradition of sharing umbrellas as symbols of love, he said. “It seems fitting to celebrate love with two figures, locked in an embrace, reaching towards the sky with an umbrella.” The $50,000 display is made from 5,000 pieces of handcrafted stainless steel welded together.
Queen Elizabeth Park Lookout Plaza offers panoramic views of the City of Vancouver, the North Shore, Burnaby, and points further east. It is accessible by vehicle, foot, and bicycle or tour bus.
The Love Locks Fountain in Montevideo, Uruguay
Located on Avenida 18 de Julio, this fountain has placed a large plaque that reads; The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked”. The old fountain itself is not in great condition but clearly this fountain was designed especially for the purpose of Love Padlocks!
In 2006, the town of Lovelock, Nevada was declared the American home to padlocks of love by the Nevada Commission of Tourism, who set up billboards and websites to encourage tourists to come and take part. A major draw is the Lovers Lock Plaza in the shaded area at the back of the Court House where couples symbolise their love by attaching a padlock to an ‘endless chain’, a practice that begun on Valentine’s Day, 2005.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovelock,_Nevada
“Paris has been trying to get rid of them for years. New York has an organized group that picks them off the Brooklyn Bridge. Canada, Dublin and even Canberra frown upon them for being an eyesore and damaging to public property, but Perth is falling over itself to get it happening.” The solution is to charge couples $30 to have a heart-shaped lock attached to the Bell Tower.
At The Bell Tower the chain is located at the right side facing entrance for all to see. Website: https://www.thebelltower.com.au/
Bridge of Love Locks, Danang, Vietnam
Juliet Love Garden -Asiatique- at The Riverfront in Bangkok, Thailand
The garden is located within Asiatique riverfront market. The Love locks are locked on the railings by people in love.
Penang Hill’s Love Lock Bridge, was launched on 14 February 2014 at Penang Hill Malaysia
Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is located within the Air Itam suburb, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak.
The lover’s promenade is located 823 metres above sea level on the observation deck of the Bukit Bendera. It was launched on Valentine’s Day of 2014, and visitors may purchase padlocks, decorate them individually and have them secured along the fence
Love Locks All Around The World (Video playlist)
Movies containing the ‘Love Locks’ phenomena
My goal is to document as many known Love Locks locations Around the World
Do you know of any more ‘Love Lock’ locations that are not on the map yet, please share them in the comment section so they can be added to the map! 🙂 ♥
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