Statue Square is a popular public plaza located in the heart of the Central District in Hong Kong. It was built on reclaimed land at the end of the 19th century and have since became a popular gathering place in the district.
It's name was derived from the fact that the area used to be the home of several statues of British royalty, including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Edward VII. There was also a statue of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet, the chief manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1876 to 1902.
During World War II, the occupying Japanese sent the bronze statues, including two bronze lions in front of the HSBC building, to Japan to be melted. When the war ended, some of the statues were brought back to Hong Kong but only the statue of Sir Thomas Jackson was re-installed in the square. The lions were returned to their original location as well while Queen Victoria's statue was placed in its new home in Victoria Park.
Apart from the statues, there is also The Cenotaph, a replica of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, which stands on the northeastern section of the square since its unveiling in 1923.
In the mid-1960s, the square underwent beautification funded by the government. Landscaping and fountains were added to the area, making it an even more tranquil spot to take a respite from the area's hustle and bustle.
During Christmastime, the square is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a huge, dazzling Christmas tree and replicas of Santa's post office, Santa's lodge, and a Wishing Corner.
On Sundays, Statue Square is abuzz with activity as thousands of Filipina domestic workers meet up in the plaza to unwind and socialize with others during their rest day.
Other tourist attractions near the square include Hong Kong's most popular buildings, including the HSBC Headquarters, Lippo Centre, Jardine House and the Legislative Council Building. Hong Kong Park and the Zoological and Botanical Gardens are also just a stone throw away.
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