With reference to the bomb explosion at Ratchaprasong Intersection on 17 August 2015 at 19:00 hr, Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We have been working in support of relevant authorities, including provision of all available data and information to facilitate police investigation and their effort to track down the perpetrators.
The explosion caused limited damages to public assets and infrastructure within Ratchaprasong District, including paved surface of Ratchadamri Road, fences of Erawan Shrine, and part of the Skywalk. As for business premises of our members, RSTA is currently in process of inspection to gather information about the damages to their private properties for evaluation. All shopping centres within the district resume normal business on 18 August 2015 and continue to serve customers and visitors at their regular business hours as follows:
- Gaysorn – Normal business hours 10:00 – 20:00 hrs
- CentralWorld – Normal business hours 10:00 – 22:00 hrs
- Amarin Plaza – Normal business hours 10:00 – 20:00 hrs
- Erawan Bangkok – Normal business hours 10:00 – 21:00 hrs
Although the fence of Erawan Shrine was damaged by the explosion, there were no any damage to the sacred Brahma statue housed within the shrine. The shrine remains closed on 18 August 2015 but will reopen for the public to pay homage to Brahma again on 19 August 2015 between 06:00 – 22:00. RSTA and the Than Tao Mahaprom Foundation are together speeding up reconstruction of the shrine’s fences and hopes to complete the work very soon.
Road traffic at Ratchaprasong Intersection and all its connected roads has reopened as normal since 12:30 hr on 18 August. RSTA has also intensified security measures within the district round the clock with active support of all RSTA members. These include security check of all vehicles at all building entrances/exits, no overnight parking allowed, and security searches of visitors at all building entrances/exits. 24-hour walking patrols are also deployed both on the Skywalk and all sidewalks, in addition to an increase of 25% in security forces.
RSTA remains highly confident that Thai authorities will be able to restore normal sentiment to Ratchaprasong District very soon. Customers and visitors can be reassured to come to Ratchaprasong District for shopping, dining, etc or to pay respect to the Brahma statue at Erawan Shrine as normal. For information updates from RSTA, please visit Facebook pages heartofbangkok and weloveratchaprasong or follow us on Twitter @heartofbangkok.