A visitor takes a picture of the wreckage of a bus in the ghost city of Pripyat during a tour in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photo: AFP

Chernobyl’s surprise tourism boom on the back of acclaimed HBO series raises uncomfortable questions

  • Interest in the series itself echoes some of the big political debates of our time: truth versus lies, Russia versus the West
  • How should we commemorate a human-made disaster of the scale of Chernobyl without turning the site into an adventure theme park?
Topic |   Ukraine

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A visitor takes a picture of the wreckage of a bus in the ghost city of Pripyat during a tour in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photo: AFP
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Visitors enjoy a lava tour on Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Nine years after an eruption killed more than 350 people and destroyed three villages, disaster tourism is thriving on its slopes. Photo: James Wendlinger

Dark tourism: volcano villages in Indonesia destroyed by eruption offer grim testament to its power

  • Coins, bottles, glasses and bicycles all melted, a clock that stopped when Mount Merapi erupted in 2010 – villages on its slopes show forces of nature at work
  • Gas clouds, lava, and a torrent of rocks killed 350 people then, but villagers returned to Merapi’s slopes and, unable to farm, have turned to disaster tourism
Topic |   Asia Travel

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Visitors enjoy a lava tour on Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Nine years after an eruption killed more than 350 people and destroyed three villages, disaster tourism is thriving on its slopes. Photo: James Wendlinger
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