Key to your heart

At the base of the tower on the top of Namsan Mountain is a big courtyard/lookout area. The chain link fence around the perimeter from a distance looks oddly cluttered, with most of the spaces in the fencing filled in with objects.

It’s not til you get closer that you see what the clutter consists of. Locks and locks and locks.    Thousands of them.  An even closer look tells you the fuller story.

These locks were placed on the fence by couples promising to love each other. Couples come up Namsan Mountain, place a lock on the fence as a promise to love each other forever, then throw the key off the cliff as a promise that their hearts are bound together forever.

Many locks are similar to each other, but many are unique. There must be thousands, all written on. I found myself wanting to look at each one, and was delighted each time I found one with English writing on it. I wanted to put a lock on the fence myself, but it didn’t seem like it would be as meaningful without John there with me.

That’s when I found the perfect lock.

Love you John!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss you!!

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  1. I love it! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I’m also adopted from Korea and am enjoying seeing the photos and hearing about the culture.

  2. Sounds like going into a library, but all the books are bolted shut. You know the stories are there, but you can’t read them. Just the covers.

  3. Love it! What a fantastic idea. 🙂

  4. Beautiful 🙂

  5. We’ll go put a lock on there together sometime, but I like the one you found. I love you tons!!!!!

  6. That is some completely awesome. It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Oh my goodness- how incredibly touching! I want to go there…


  8. that’s so cool.

  9. Interesting…couples do the same thing with the locks at the Great Wall in China. We saw the locks there on our trip to adopt our third daughter from China. It’s a sweet thought.