St. Mary's Square, San Francisco

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Saint Mary's Square is a park and urban square across California Street from Old St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco's Chinatown, in the U.S. state of California. It features a statue of Sun Yat-sen by Beniamino Bufano.
The “Women’s Column of Strength” is a privately funded statue that was placed in 2017 after being approved by the Board of Supervisors. The memorial is controversial as the sculpture honors the comfort women who were women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied territories before and during World War II. The mayor of Osaka, Japan stated he would sever the sister-city relationship with San Francisco as "the relationship of trust has completely been destroyed".
A gingko biloba tree planted in March 2017 honors Chinatown activist Rose Pak.
St. Mary's Square includes the former location of the Kong Chow Temple.
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  • This is a welcome park in the middle of Chinatown and the Financial District. So it is much loved and much used by the folks in this crowded part of town. Sometimes in the shadows of the high rise.....  more »
  • During our walk to China town, we took a quick stop at St Mary’s Square. It is a calm and pleasant place in the sea of activity that is China town  more »
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  • Great shopping. Lots of good deals and cool things to buy. My family and I found it very easy to move around and get from shop to shop. We got some really great deals that have immortalized our trip to San Francisco.
  • The statue of Sun Yat-Sen is here, he was the leader of the rebellion that ended the Qing Dynasty and was the founder of the Republic of China. There benches and a small playground. It's a nice break from the main street of Chinatown.
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