What is common between a nuclear disaster in Ukraine, beaches in France that've seen bloodshed, and an infamous broken building in Hiroshima, Japan? Apart from being scenes of disasters and tragedies, these places are among some popular dark tourism destinations. Dark tourism, also known as grief tourism, is the trendiest travel concept in 2019. The idea is to travel to places that are associated with dark chapters of history like grim tragedies and severe loss of life. These destinations may not be Instagram worthy places but nevertheless has deep significance in our planet's history.
So, if you're tired of the conventional tourist spots, are looking out for meaningful travel experiences and are appealed by the "dark side", then, make it a point to visit some of these dark tourism sites we've listed, and learn about humanity's darkest hours, costly mistakes, and tragedies.
"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." Winston Churchill
5 Must-Visit Dark Tourism Destinations in the World
1. Chernobyl (Ukraine): World’s first nuclear disaster!
On 26th April 1986 around 01:23:40 hours the No.4 nuclear reactor of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. The explosion left the nuclear reactor's core exposed, which continued to spew deadly radiations all over Eastern Europe. The nearby towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat were evacuated and till date remains uninhabitable. It took 18 billion roubles, 3-years and 500,000 workers to fully control the greatest ecological disaster.
Today, the city of Pripyat and Chernobyl in Ukraine lie desolate and are slowly getting consumed by nature. It looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. Chernobyl gained a massive fan-following as a dark tourism destination following the success of critically acclaimed HBO TV series - Chernobyl and is now drawing plenty of visitors. Located just a 2-hours drive away from Kiev, Ukraine, there are plenty of tour operators that take visitors on guided tours of Chernobyl and Pripyat.READ MORE: Visit Chernobyl for a Bone-Chilling Experience of Dark Tourism