Date
26 May 2017
Vivian Chan (inset, left) and Arcadia Pang (right) spent three nights in Bangkok and were on their way to the airport to take a flight back to Hong Kong when they stopped at Erawan shrine (background) to pray. Photos: Reuters, Ming Pao
Vivian Chan (inset, left) and Arcadia Pang (right) spent three nights in Bangkok and were on their way to the airport to take a flight back to Hong Kong when they stopped at Erawan shrine (background) to pray. Photos: Reuters, Ming Pao

Tragic HK women stopped to pray at Bangkok shrine before flight

Two Hong Kong tourists killed in Monday’s explosion in a central Bangkok shrine had stopped to pray at the temple on their way to the airport.

Vivian Chan, a 19-year-old law student, and her friend Arcadia Pang, 24, were at Erawan shrine when a bomb exploded Monday everning, killing 28 people, according to Ming Pao Daily.

They were scheduled to fly back to Hong Kong that night.

Hong Kong immigration authorities confirmed their identities after arriving in Bangkok with Chan’s parents.

Chan was on school break from London’s BPP University in Waterloo where she was studying law. She had graduated from Harrow International School in Hong Kong.

British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Chan, a Hong Kong resident who also holds a British passport.

Seven other Hong Kong tourists were injured and sent to hospitals, including Pang’s cousin Nellie Mok and Mok’s boyfriend Ben Lee.

Mok and Lee had traveled to Bangkok with Chan and Pang.

Mok and Chan were classmates in St. Paul’s Secondary School.

Chan’s parents, accompanied by Immigration Department officials, identified her body in a funeral parlor on Tuesday and signed papers to bring her remains to Hong Kong for burial.

Meanwhile, Thai police are looking for a man caught on CCTV who they said left a bag at the scene before the blast

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