It has been one week since the horrific bombing in Bangkok sent shockwaves throughout the world. Thailand has been through so many hardships in the past few years and this gutless attack has certainly been one of the most sorrowful events in the Nation’s recent history.
A sense of distress could be seen and felt throughout the Capital in the days following the attack. On Television, it could be detected on the faces of those helping out at the scene of the bomb blast, as well as the news presenters delivering updates on the crisis. On the streets, a silent, cautious air filled the atmosphere. Everyone went about their daily business in the usual Thai fashion but there was a definite mood of somberness to be felt.
Thankfully a second attack on Tuesday caused no injuries or fatalities. A bomb thrown from the Saphan Taksin Bridge was intended to strike tourists waiting on the pier but the bomb bounced off a pillar and exploded in the water. This was a true blessing, not just for the people waiting by the Chao Phrya River, but all people in Bangkok seeking peace and harmony after the horror of Monday’s bombing.
Later in the week, tributes were paid at Erawan Shrine by dignitaries and religious figures alike. A joint service of members from the five religions of Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Brahman Hinduism and Sikhism, was held to commemorate the victims. The damage to the shrine itself is also being repaired and the area has since been reopened for people to come visit.
The City of Bangkok moves on in the hope that no more attacks will occur.