I wasn’t too surprised when I heard that Paris officials are removing the love locks on the Pont des Arts (Bridge of the Arts). City officials aren’t known for being romantic, even in the City of Lights.
But I was surprised when I learned that love locks have been cropping up across Europe during the past five years.
Locks haven’t arrived in the US (except apparently on the Brooklyn Bridge). So my only knowledge of these locks comes from My Love from Another Star, in which Do Manager and Cheon Song-Yi attach a padlock to the top of Namsen Tower in Seoul. The love locks are a pretty well-established feature at the tower, shown in this picture from Wiki Commons:
I’m not sure if the locks first appeared in Seoul or Europe. But one thing is clear: Namsen Tower officials appear to be okay with locks, Paris officials aren’t.
Decades ago Paris was considered a romantic city. Is it still? And what about Seoul? Are Paris officials anti-romance or just pro-safety?
Which city is more associated with romance in your mind, Seoul or Paris?
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Or if you can’t decide, or have a story about love padlocks, please share in the comments. I’m so curious about where this new “love locks” ritual started and how. ♥