Namsan Tower & Locks of Love

Professor Oh March 19, 2014 3

Introducing the famous Namsan Tower…

namsan tower

Below the tower is the Locks of Love, a long-winding fence which holds thousands–if not a billion–of locks.

locks of love fence

While families and friends are allowed to join in on the tradition, it’s particularly a hotspot for couples. Visitors write a message on their lock and fasten it onto the fence. Good luck finding space!

sky locks wood

I recommend buying a lock in advance. There’s a store under the Namsan Tower that sells locks for almost double the price compared to the average shop.

locks of love

If you don’t have money, I suppose you can hang up your sock instead. Whoever hung up their sock, I want to meet you.

sock of love

My friends and I bought a pink lock in Myeongdong, which we proudly named Jujume. We set up a combination number, wrote a message each, then searched for the perfect place to hang it. We promised to reunite at Namsan in 2024 where we fastened the lock.


Jujume’s home for the next ten years.

our baby is established

Afterwards we danced with President Obama.

obama mamas

Amusing dolls found at the photo store under the Namsan Tower. Take a photo of your face and they’ll place it into the blank doll. Your face will be three-dimensionalized!

judy boyfriend

Visit Namsan in the afternoon to catch performances of Korean martial arts, folk music and fan dances.

korean martial arts


Don’t forget to take a photo on the crooked bench. The person sitting in the middle will feel very loved. Or will feel squished.

crooked bench

See you in 2024 at Namsan!

tres amigas

Namsan Tower
Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South KoreaHours: 10:00am – 11:00pm


  1. Gabe Santiago March 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    *Correction: I meant – 2024 A.D.; working on little sleep, these days! See you then, Prof. – as well as Yoonah & Judy ;;)

  2. Jose March 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I hope you be together in 2024 love love love ;;) ;;) ;;)………..
    I an fascinated by your photos…………..
    Thank you………….

  3. Gabe Santiago March 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Apparently, Seattle’s “Space Needle” can’t compete w/ Seoul’s Namsan Tower’s romantic & adventurous predilections. A “towering experience.” Ha. Hmm! 2014; I’ll be there, then; or I could cheat & travel ahead of the “normal” 4-D linear time-line. But that would be cheating; like reading the end of a book first. Patience is a virtue; isn’t it, Professor?! ;;)

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