A statue commemorating Japanese colonial era forced laborers has been erected in the plaza outside Yongsan train station in Seoul.

A steering committee on the statue project, which includes the nation's two major umbrella unions as well as social and civic groups, unveiled the statue in a ceremony on Saturday. The Yongsan Station Plaza was where Korean laborers were forcibly taken to labor sites where some lost their lives.

The statue is the second of its kind to be installed. The first one was erected last August at a manganese mine in the Japanese city of Danba, where some 3,000 Koreans toiled in labor during wartime. 

The statue of a laborer at Yongsan Station was designed earlier this year by the same couple who made the peace statue of a girl dedicated to victims of Japanese sex slavery during World War Two.