Love Lock to love your beloved‘s heart, has started in Kuching this year.
See these alphabet sculptures in front of Tun Jugah Mall. We took the following photos several weeks ago, and there were at that time not so many locks yet.
How did this idea of Love Lock started?
Well, according to history, it started some 100 years ago during World War 1, when a schoolmistress named Nada fell in love with a Serbian officer named Relja. After they had committed to each other in a relationship, the Serbian officer had to go to war in Greece, where he fell in love with a local lady from Corfu. He thereafter broke off his relationship with Nada. Nada was so heartbroken that she fell ill of love sick and eventually died.
Young women in Vrnjačka Banja started writing down their own name on padlocks, along with the name of their loved ones and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where they believed it will protect their own loves.
Nowadays, affixing padlocks into railings had become a trend among lovers. In Rome, it started to become famous because of the book I Want You, written by Italian author Federico Moccia, which had been adapted into film.
In Korea, the famous spot for love locks is at N Seoul Tower. Thousands of padlocks can be seen at the railing of the fences at the base of the tower. They even have tree-shaped frames which are full with padlocks, varying from the rusty old padlocks to the colourful new padlocks.
However, the downside for this love locks is that the people threw the keys away, often off hillsides or into water to ensure that nobody can unlock their padlocks; a symbolic for nothing can break their eternal love. N Seoul Tower has come up with one solution for this. Couples can leave their keys in the postbox, and the keys collected are donated to help underprivileged children.
The idea of love lock is still new to us, so there it is not fully exposed to the people. You can see that there are only a few locks there.
We hope the frames remains there even after Valentine and the number of locks will increase. Who knows, maybe Tun Jugah Mall will become the next popular couple destination in Sarawak. Keep your fingers crossed!