“Saranghaeyo (사랑해요)” which means “I love you” is one of the first few phrases I have learned in Korean. However, knowing how to say these words in a different language doesn’t make it any easier to understand its meaning. People on this side of the globe, however, seem to be pretty well-versed in the art of romance and are keen to show their affection out in the open. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Koreans do a lot of PDA, but “couple culture” is quite huge in this country.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the love locks phenomenon has hit Seoul! I was still surprised; no, I was thrilled to see love locks at N Seoul tower! I didn’t expect to see anything like it until I set foot in Paris! (I’m really looking forward to seeing that love locks site too!)
Hundreds, maybe thousands of locks hung along the fences of the roof terrace, and along “love lock” trees at N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan. LOVE LOCKS are padlocks inscribed with names and sometimes words of affection which are fixed unto public fixtures (ie a bridge, gate or fence) as a symbolism of commitment and eternal love between two people.
The love locks at N Seoul Tower are considered a tourist attraction and have been designated as a place to celebrate this international tradition. However, there are cases in some countries where these are treated as vandalism rather than an expression of love. What do you think?
The key to the love padlock is then thrown away as a promise not to separate. Since this key-throwing has caused some issues for the environment of Mt. Namsan, a key bin has been provided for the public to throw their keys in.
To add to the “romantic feel” of N Seoul Tower, there is the HEART CHAIR, a heart-shaped bench designed to bring couples together. Now isn’t that sweet?
It’s too bad that I had be alone on the bench that day (Jon wasn’t with me in Korea) but I think the place is quite charming especially for young couples.
N Seoul Tower
Apart from the Love locks, the view from the N Seoul tower is amazing in itself. It was autumn when we were there and the beautiful colours of fall were simply captivating.
Have you been to the N Seoul Tower in Korea? Have you spotted other love locks locations during your travels? Let us know.