Affectionate gesture: The European fad of declaring love with a lock is gaining popularity in Kuala Terengganu. - ZABIDI TUSIN / The Star
KUALA TERENGGANU: Visitors have been flocking to a section of a wall along a row of shophouses in Kampung Cina here for their “love lock”.
The “Lovers Lock Wall” allows couples to declare their feelings for each other by placing a lock and throwing the key away.
Such a practice is very popular in some European cities. However the practice can also be considered a nuisance. In Paris the weight of the collective locks on the railing partially damaged a historic bridge.
The wall in Kampung Cina, which was set up about a month ago, is not just for couples, as those who turn up can even declare their affection for their own family members, friends and even the country.
They are also encouraged to jot down messages of love on the wall itself. Visitors can either bring their own locks for the wall or buy one at a nearby shop.
The wall was created as part of a project to beautify several little lanes in the village, known as Kuala Terengganu’s Chinatown.
Since the project was launched in 2005, seven lanes in the village have been turned into star attractions, with each given its own unique theme, ranging from turtles to gardens.