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dateline: 18 August 2015

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Bomb Explodes in Bangkok

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • detonate: to explode
  • Hindu: a religion of India
  • temple: a place of worship
  • district: a region or location that is known for something specific

Bomb Explodes in Bangkok

A bomb in Bangkok on Monday, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more. The bomb near the Erawan Shrine, a famous Hindu temple in capital. The shrine is popular with Chinese tourists who go there to ask for good fortune. The tourist , which has been compared to New York City’s Times Square, has many shopping centres and hotels. No group has claimed responsibility for the .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened in Bangkok on August 17, 2015?
  2. Why does the report mention Chinese tourists?
  3. Who is responsible for the bomb?

Discussion Questions: Thailand’s tourist industry is already suffering due to political instability. Would an attack like this prevent you from visiting a tourist hotspot such as this one?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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