Lovers' Locks and Bells as Temple Donations

A month ago for the birthday of my friend Jayne, we went to the border province of Thailand and Malaysia. It was a 9-hour travel by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai and another 9 hours back, but it's all worth it.

The highlight of the trip was when we went to Tang Kuan Hilltop at Songkhla City which you could see in the picture. There I saw for the first time a lot of love locks and love bells like what is usually seen in pictures in Paris and Japan. This time, the locks and bells are in a temple and not on a bridge or alleyway.

Our driver/tour guide explained that the locks and bells actually are helpful for the temple and is good luck for the lovers too.

With a surprised look, I asked, "How could writing the lovers' names in the lock and bell be helpful to the temple?"

Because when the wall is filled with love locks and bells, the monks collect it all. Then they mint the locks and bells to make metals for making bigger bells and statues. Minting and combining the locks is also symbolic of strong, united, and unfading love for the couples.

Ah! What a clever way of getting donations for the temple. Next time you're traveling and has nothing to leave on the donation boxes, buy yourself and your sweetheart a lock or a bell and lock it on the wall to help the monks get more metal.

Have you ever thought your love locks and love bells are your donations to the temple? Have you even tried this love lock or love bell with your beloved?

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