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TikToker Kassie Yeung recently traveled 5,953 miles from Los Angeles, California, to Seoul, South Korea, to remove an old love lock that she and her ex had attached to a popular tourist attraction.
Yeung, 23, posted a video about her journey on Wednesday, where it has 4.5 million views at the time of writing.
The TikToker traveled to the top of the N Seoul Tower, commonly known as the Namsan Tower, where the fences are overflowing with colorful locks. Similar to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris — which, The New York Times reported, held thousands of locks until the city removed them in 2015 to preserve the bridge — people travel to the Namsan Tower to add a lock to the tower’s fence as a symbol of their love, according to South Korea’s government website.
Yeung told Insider that she had left a lock on one of the tower’s fences with an ex in the summer of 2019, and returned in the spring of 2021 to remove it out of “pettiness.”
Yeung’s TikTok video begins with her on the plane, then shows her leaving the airport and heading to a store to buy a pair of wire cutters. Then, she gets on a bus to the Namsan Tower, where she purchases a ticket, rides up the cable car, and eventually makes it to the area where she left her lock.
Yeung told Insider it took her about 30 minutes to sift through the hundreds of locks to find the one she left there nearly two years ago.
Eventually, she was successful and cut off the lock.
Yeung told Insider that she didn’t travel all the way to South Korea just to remove her old love lock from the tower.
She was visiting Seoul to pursue a backup dancing career and remembered the lock she and her ex had left on the tower while she was planning the trip, so she decided to take a detour, she said.
Ultimately, Yeung’s goal was to create a relatable video for her followers, she said.
“It is relevant in the sense that everyone goes through relationships, breakups, and possibly having love locks with ex-lovers,” she said.
Yeung’s followers applauded her commitment to the task in the comments, where one person wrote that they would like to do the same with a love lock they left in Paris.