love locks

What are Love Locks?

Love locks ..."are the padlocks fixed by loving couples, on to a fence or a pole or metallic chain/string alongside some wall etc at a public place, to symbolize their eternal love. A couple would hang a padlock after inscribing their name or initials on it and throw the key away so that their love is locked forever. Some couple use two inter-twined locks, each lock bearing their name/initials. Besides lovers, often family members and close friends also put such locks at these places, to lock their relationship forever.

The tradition probably originated from China where the love locks can be seen at several locations alongside the Great Wall of China and also in many temples and on the steps/paths leading to sacred peaks.

The tradition has spread around the World and is now quite prevalent in South Korea, Japan, Guam, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Russia, USA etc."

taken from Curious JM at http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1260732&site_id=1

Here are just a few of the beautiful photographs he has compiled with credit and a link to each photos owner:

1st  picture left to right top to bottom: Panoramio: Balázs Sándor                                                                                                              second:http://www.panoramio.com/user/143619 :刘红石 liuhs

third: also Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/1392641 :华清池

fourth: Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/86535 : Alexander Pototskiy

fifth: Picasa web: andrew Wenger: http://picasaweb.google.com/awenger01

sixth: Sam Mintonye: http://www.panoramio.com/user/770974

 

 

 

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