You’ve probably seen such rails, walls or lamp posts with love padlocks somewhere else; in a distant city or at the bridge a few steps from where you live. It could be much more than what’s pictured above or there could be totally no place to put on another. No matter, these padlocks of love are everywhere and represent couples, travelling together (though not always) – fastening their love for each other.
I don’t really know how it started but that’s supposedly the idea behind the locking but yes you’ll see them in Paris, Tokyo, Budapest, Pecs, Rome, in Taiwan and in this case, Salzburg. The couples would place their lock then either throw away the keys – so that there’s no way those locks could be opened – signifying staying together always or they could deposit it somewhere…but what if they come back and decide to call it quits? Hopefully not!
To make these padlocks more personal, couples write down their names or initials before locking them in. Personally, I think it’s sweet but many would say that it’s just defiling what is supposedly a free from junk surrounding. Though it’s probably a city’s local officials that would get annoyed with this practice. So much so that some have purposely built iron trees for this purpose.
There are also superstitions following the love padlocks attachment…to which I of course just shrug my shoulders. What matters is, there are two people in love who decided to join others in that state to declare their love with the help of such metal security device as…the padlock.
Jessica Cassidy says
I love that padlock idea Sis Marie 🙂 I am not sure if we have that here in America especially in NY but would love to try this too. This is a very sweet gesture and promise for each other to lock their love for all the temptations that will surround them 🙂
that is pretty interesting. i’ve never seen anything like that before. so, who has the key? lol
That looks really cool and interesting. so those love podlock are from traveler who are in love hehe
Momgen Reviews says
Oh that is a unique and creative way of having podlocks…Cute cutie…
Adin U. Blankenship says
Sure looks interesting to me! Other places are different as well. There are also places where after you chew your gum you can paste it on the gum wall where thousands and thousands of people from all over the world had pasted their gums on the wall either. hehehe..
Very neat idea. Haven’t heard of it here but in Seattle there’s a gum wall…they said it’s the dirtiest part in the city but is also the most picture taken 🙂
Great idea, isn’t it? Though I find the handcuff with embedded couple’s name in it more cute.
Mary Anne Vinzon says
It is a unique idea to use a padlock as sign for their love and commitment to one another.
Wow! I have never know or seen this before. What an interesting story! Now, I know what it’s all about so when I see one I’ll certainly put mylove locks along with it hehe. How cool!
sa korea din sis meron love padlocks..galing no?…hope everyone who do it will live forever with their partner.
Ay cool! It’s like broken hearts pud! searching their true partners! How romantic!
The handcuff cracks me up! But the heart padlock in the first photo is cute. What a way to symbolize the love for each other. I wonder how many of them are still together now. If it is indeed true or just a weird tradition to do on vacation.
My Japanese classmate who’s also into photography sent me a photo full of padlocks. I just forgot where it was taken though. I like the idea of throwing the keys so no one can unlock it.
Alexander Popkov says
These are nice angles to photograph the locks. I always try to make good shots of those.