Bombing Bangkok – Erawan shrine
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was placed inside the Erawan shrine at the Ratchaprasong intersection detonated at 6:55 pm, killed 20 and injured 125. IED was composed of 3 kg of TNT stuffed in a pipe and wrapped with white cloth and was left on a bench beside the low fence of the shrine close to the intersection. Its destructive radius was estimated to be around 100 meters.
The shrine is home to a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of Hindu creation God, Brahma. It was built in 1956, in an effort on the part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to get rid of any bad karma they raised during the difficult construction of the hotel, which involved the loss of materials, spiraling costs and worker injuries.
The golden shrine sits between the hotel, now the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel, and the Amarin Plaza shopping center. It is a popular shrine, attracting large crowds of tourists and praying Buddhists every day.