More than 1.5 million people visited the Win-Win Monument over its three-day inauguration period, City Hall reported yesterday.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said 1.55 million local and international visitors came to see the monument from Saturday to Monday.
“More and more people came to see the monument on each day of its inauguration,” he said, noting that there were 150,000 visitors on Saturday, 300,000 on Sunday and 1.1 million to mark New Year’s Day on Monday night.
Mr Meas Pheakdey added that there were no serious security concerns over the three days.
“The success of the inauguration shows that authorities maintained good security for the people,” he said. “The people who visited the monument understand that security and peace is what it represents because it is a testament to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s win-win policy.”
The monument is located in Chroy Changva district’s Prek Tasek commune on eight-hectare plot of land. It is a symbol of Mr Hun Sen’s victory over the Khmer Rouge and a symbol of peace.
The 54-metre tall monument, which began construction in 2016, cost more than $12 million to build.
Mr Hun Sen yesterday thanked the millions who visited the monument and marked New Year’s Day with him.
“I and my wife were excited and honoured to celebrate with all of you,” he said.
Defence Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said so many people turned out at the monument because they trust that the government will keep them safe.
“They trust the government for their security, and to maintain peace and stability,” he said.
Gen Sucheat noted that a library is still being completed at the monument to house documents and related to the win-win policy.
“The Win-Win Monument is for all our people,” he added. “We are proud so many people came to the monument and it encourages us to continue working for the people.”