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Shane Collins asked 2 months ago

🎭 What Is Dark Tourism and Are You a Dark Tourist?

I am sure many of you are aware of the different forms of tourism but have you heard about dark tourism. Dark tourism involves the travel to places historically associated with death and or tragedy. I also am aware of a few dark tourist destinations listed below:

  • Chernobyl (the worlds first nuclear disaster area)
  • 9/11 memorial
  • Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Jerome Arizona Hotel (most haunted hotel in America)

I am also sure many more destinations are spread wide across the web if you would like to investigate further.
Where you aware of the dark tourist existence?
Would you say you are a dark tourist?
How many other dark tourist destinations do you know of?

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25 Answers
Gareth White answered 2 months ago

It is an interesting question Shane. I think people go to these places on 2 accounts, 1 being they like the morbidity and are attracted to tragedy and 2 the people who go to see the triumph over adversity. I personally don’t have an interest in this type of thing.

Shane Collins replied 2 months ago

I actually found some of the destinations very interesting. I for one can not get over Chernobyl the worlds first nuclear disaster area there are tours taking people on a tour trough the town and the tourists can measure the increasing or dropping levels of radiation I must say it seemed very terrifying because some of the radiation levels spiked way higher than normal and can be life threatening if you stay in the area for too long. Obviously the radiation that you would be exposed to on this trip is a concern however I think it could be very interesting to see the true affects that the human race has on the planet and again I must say Chernobyl may offer yet that viewing experience of the things we are not always aware of.
I think it is safe to say I must be a dark tourist then because these places do indeed fascinate me and I would love to learn more about these places.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 2 months ago

I have got to this from you Shane, it’s true there many dark tourists all over the world. But don’t know of any dark place.

Shane Collins replied 2 months ago

Hi Jackson indeed dark tourist are all over. If you find these destinations interesting I am sure there are many reliable sources of information spread wide across the web my personal favorite and definitely the most interesting in my opinion is Chernobyl the worlds first nuclear disaster area where tourist visiting this place get to experience and measure the increasing or dropping radiation levels as the tour progresses. I am sure this trip can be scary as exposure to radiation is not beneficial to our health but it must truly be interesting to see first hand how humans can destroy a planet.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

It’s my First time to heard about Dark tourism, I Will check it out to have a clear understanding about this,i don’t want to be a dark tourism.

Shane Collins replied 2 months ago

Hi Leno it is actually not as intimidating as it sounds dark tourism is a form of tourism that describes a group of tourist interests a bit better in this case dark tourism covers a group of peoples interests in visiting areas historically associated with death and tragedy.
Some people find going to places like Chernobyl or Auschwitz concentration camp enlightening.
Its completely okay if dark tourism is not for you I do not think it is everyone’s cup of tea however it is truly interesting to investigate either way.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

I never heard about dark tourist before now .Meanwhile, I have never been a dark tourist neither will I venture it.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Dark tourism defined as tourism involving tourism to places historically associated with death and tragedy. I personally don\’t like going to these kind of places.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 2 months ago

Shane –  In my country there was a cult group and it had hundreds of members and their beliefs were that jesus  was coming at the onset of the year 2000, so they decided to burn themselves inside their church at night just a few minutes to the year 2000. Closed themselves inside the church poured petrol on themselves and set it a light. As many as close to 600 members of the cult group perished in the inferno. Since then till now, people from far off places come to see this place where the cult group’s church stood and the mass grave where they were buried. So Shane, could this also be classified as dark tourism?

Shane Collins replied 4 weeks ago

Jackson Most certainly it could be considered a dark tourism attraction the story is certainly very sad and somewhat disturbing it definitively has the death and tragedy going for it that will lure many spectators however given the timeline the 2000 is considered rather recent therefor it is not really historically linked as of yet.

Jackson Mugarura replied 4 weeks ago

Ok Shane, but I looked at it and thought that probably it could be one of those dark tourism places, owing to it’s nature of what there happened there. Thank you Shane for this.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

I like tourism but, I never heard about dark tourism.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Kenneth — Dark tourism is a kind of tourism involving travel to places that historically associated with death and tragedy. I have read that Badagry Heritage Museum as one of dark tourism in your country, Nigeria. This museum has a history of the slave trade in Nigeria.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

Many people love Dark tourism to remember the past events. I will venture into in in the future if God allow me to do so.

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Edward Duffy answered 2 months ago

I must admit I had never heard of dark tourism as a term. There are a couple of places in Australia such as Port Arthur and Hoddle Street where there were two massacres. Many people travel the Kokoda Track every year and many from all over the world travel to Gallipoli mainly to see what the ANZACs encountered all those years ago.
I personally would like to one day travel to some of the more famous and not so famous battlefields such as The River Kwai, Gallipoli, Beersheba and the battle fields in France as Australians are held in such high regard in some of these places such as Villiers Bretonneux. I would also like to go to Pearl Harbour and also the DMZ in Korea.

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Steinar Kloverod answered 2 months ago

I have never heard about Dark tourism.  If you come to those places mentioned above as part of a holiday I would like to see it.  
I don’t think I would go on a holiday especially to see a place connected to death or other dark things.

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Gareth White answered 2 months ago

I have to agree Steiner, whilst these place should not be forgotten nor the events that took place. Its not somewhere I would chose to go on holiday

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adharad answered 1 month ago

In my opinion, at first, dark tourism was only associated with things related to death, war and disasters. But now, activities and things that are considered unnatural by the majority of people, including things that are mystical, are often associated with dark tourism.
In Indonesia there are several dark tourism, for example:
– History of the eruption of Mount Tambora
– Lubang Buaya in Jakarta
– Trunyan Village in Bali
– Tsunami Museum in Aceh
– Kaliadem Bunker in Yogyakarta
– Lapindo Mud Monument in Sidoarjo
– World War II Museum in Tarakan
and much more.
Maybe you can visit Indonesia

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

We have to site in our country where they buried more than hundred people that was killed during the attack of rebels from Liberia, i used to visite the site to remember about them.they were all innocents citizens living in the village.

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adharad answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Leno.
It’s terrible to hear your story.
What is the name?
I am interested to search on google

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David Matlala answered 4 weeks ago

I’ve visited some dark tourism places in my country, as an ordinary visitor rather than as a ”dark tourist”. Places like Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Am not a dark tourist .I like tourism, but, i do not visit places that deplat evil or waste of blood or property .

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

I have never been abroad as a Dark tourist, but there some massive graves in our capital, i used to visit over there when i was living in the capital.Innocents citizens was buried there and i feel sad each time i pass by.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

Shane, does this apply to place where Jesus was crucified and even where he was buried in Israel?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 weeks ago

Hi, Ad.
 
You have listed dark tourism in Indonesia very well. Those places have bad memories for the victims. But you need to add Palu, the site for liquefaction back in 2018, on that list.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

Hi, Ahmad.
Thank you for adding to the list of sites.
I didn’t think about this site because it was new

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

In Indonesia, there is a lot of dark tourism.
You can search for it on google.
You can get dark tourism about disasters, colonial results and more

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

I have emotional feelings when i visited dark tourism places.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

Thank you Adhara for sharing your country’s Dark tourist sites. I will immediately check it on internet.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

You’re welcome, Leno.
I love sharing about my country.
How about your country?

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