It has been a cute practice of many couples to come to high places like rooftops of buildings or towers to lock locks then throw away the keys. This simple yet romantic act symbolizes an everlasting love and relationship.
Basically, it can be done everywhere. But it gets more fun when you and your loved one actually go to places where it is usually done. If clueless, here are the top destinations where this practice is definitely common:
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Inspired by the novel ‘I Want You’ by Federico Moccia, this has somehow been a tradition for many Italians. Interestingly, locks are locked in pathways and bridges like the Ponte Milvio, Ponte Vecchio, and Via Dell’Amore.
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Like in Rome, couples affix their love locks in bridges in Paris. The most famous is the one in Pont de l’Archevêché Bridge. Actually, there also used to have some locks in other bridges but these were allegedly removed by the government because it poses threats to the architectural heritage of Paris.
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At the overpass at the train station can be seen lots of love locks. In this part of Taiwan, the common thing is to affix two locks together and wish that the couples who locked it will stay together. Locals believe that the magnetic energy produced by the passing trains below will in turn produce energy to make the wish come true.
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As there are lots of iron trees in Moscow, Russia, people decided to affix their locks there. But usually, newly-wed couples who wish to last long lock theirs at the Luzhkov Bridge.
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The idea of love locks had started in Cologne, Germany on 2009. It was first seen at the Hohenzollem Bridge. The operators opposed but eventually gave in because of public opposition. Then, the practice spread across other cities much to the lovers’ delight.
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You will easily get amazed by the fact that almost all metal fences leading to the peak of Huangshan in China are clad with locks affixed by couples who wish for eternal love. It is believed that this practice symbolizing locking souls together started here. Most tours to China visit Huangshan so you may want to take advantage of that.
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It is particularly famous in the Mala Strana District in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Locks are affixed at a small bridge near the Grand Priory Square. It is quite famous that the metal fences can no longer be seen. You will surely have fun attaching yours to it.
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Love locks has become a cultural tradition in Uruguay. In the fountain in Montevideo, - where couples usually go for this practice - is a sign stating a legend believing that if two love locks with the initials of the couple engraved on it will be affixed in the fountain, the two will forever be locked with each other.
Image source: Inspiring Travellers - Montevideo's Love Locks Fountain
When in Guam with your partner, make sure to drop by the Two Lovers’ Point to lock your locks. There is a deck there which overlooks the ocean where you can affix the metal locks. Sometimes, plastic bag tags are used.
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Definitely, there are other exciting things to do for the Valentines’ season. But perhaps, this love-locking practice is one of the most famous. So fly to your chosen destination now and secure your love.