Lucky Locks

good luck locks in pragueWhen we visited Prague I was intrigued by these love padlocks on a small pedestrian bridge over an arm of the Vltava River. Couples write their names on a padlock and then fasten it to these railings on the bridge and throw the key into the river. It is a good luck wish that they will stay together for the rest of their lives.

good luck locks in Leijiang I saw something very similar when we visited the city of Lijiang in Yunnan province in China. Hundreds of locks adorned the railings around a Buddhist temple beside the Black Dragon Pond in Lijiang. Each one had the name of a person, a date and a wish engraved on it. I read a few of the inscriptions. Chloe needed a new boyfriend. Robert was looking for success in his career and Francesca longed for a better relationship with her child. For a small fee a priest would etch your name and hearts’ desire on a golden lock. You fastened your lock to the fence and left it there, taking the key with you. Apparently the luck of the sacred place continued to work its magic long after you had left. Eventually your wish would come true.

Same tradition- 5000 miles and continents and cultures apart. 

Other posts about luck…..

When the Coin Rings Luck Springs


The Salmon Saved Him

Walden Pond


Filed under China, Culture, Travel

2 responses to “Lucky Locks

  1. I’m loving your blog MaryLou! You have such interesting tidbits of life and travel on it. Well done!


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