Dark Disneyland. The tourist boom in Chernobyl

Мрачный Диснейленд. Туристический бум в Чернобыле

The Creator of the series, which became the most popular and popular in the world, asks you not to do a selfie or inappropriate photos in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Phenomenal show Chernobyl of the American company HBO again stirred up interest all over the world to the tragedy that occurred on the night of 26 April 1986, when exploded fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The exclusion zone on the territory of Ukraine is experiencing a significant influx of foreigners, it is expected 150 thousand people until the end of the year. Tourists from different countries dream to make selfi on the background of the nuclear power plant that killed or left without a roof over the head of thousands of people, Reuters reports.

But the morals of bloggers and instagram community perplexed. Series Creator Craig Mazin, delighted the tourist boom in Pripyat, urged fans of the show to behave modestly in the affected area. Корреспондент.net tells details.


Moral issues of tourism in the exclusion zone

Not so long ago, Pripyat was a place where people came only convinced lovers to visit places of catastrophes, but gradually she became more open to the public there were available tours and decent housing, writes the Guardian.

The interest in this place has increased dramatically after the screens out the TV series Chernobyl, which tells about the events immediately after the explosion.

Specializing in the exclusion zone, the operators reported that in may the number of booked tours to Pripyat increased by 40 percent compared to last year.

Photographer David McMillan, who since 1994 was in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl 22 times. A quarter of a century he has accumulated material for a whole book of how nature erases traces of humanity.

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“Now, the city left much less. I remember the basketball court, where through the asphalt broke through the trees and more than baskets (for games),” he told the Norwegian publication NRK.

Мрачный Диснейленд. Туристический бум в Чернобыле
Photos of McMillan in 1994,1998, 2009 and 2018

Traveler from China Xiao Hafan, who was in the zone, call of Pripyat silent hill (the cult computer game in the genre of “survival horror”) and says that it is a must visit for everyone.

“Documentaries can’t tell us, so you should go and see it,” he said Hafani edition Guanica.

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Journal of the Irish Times writes that “Chernobyl offers, but it becomes something doubtful, considering the moral side of things”.

Outside the perimeter area, where the Ukrainian military to check passports and the level of radiation, a clever business people do a roaring trade with food with radiation symbols on packaging, selling everything from the cars, which are hung with gas masks and protective clothing.

Мрачный Диснейленд. Туристический бум в Чернобыле

The author of the article indicates that human curiosity to Chernobyl is a natural thing, since we are talking about an important part of not only Soviet but also world history.

But the publication urged to find a voice for tourism in this part of Ukraine, that tragedy is not turned into the usual bait for those who would like to just on the cusp of danger.

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Tours to the “Ghost town” in English scatter at a price of $ 100 per person. Groups of bloggers, stalkers from Europe, USA and Latin America, armed with smartphones, selfie sticks and visionary, stormed the abandoned objects.

If you look at the photos to Instagram with the geotag Pripyat or hastahane #chernobylzone, there are questions of morality to the tourists.

The author of the series Chernobyl Craig Mezin approvingly commented on the growing popularity of travel to the exclusion zone, but urged tourists with great respect to the tragedy.

“It is wonderful that Chernobyl encouraged a wave of tourism to the exclusion zone. But I’ve seen some photos, walking on the network. If you go there, please remember that there has been a terrible tragedy. Respect to those who suffered from it and became its victim, ” wrote Mezin on his Twitter page.

Warning Mezin applies not only to the more or less scandalous actions of bloggers, but in General all the selfie in the exclusion zone.

It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.

If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.

— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, on eBay and other online retailers appeared artifacts associated with the era and the events, which tells the series Chernobyl. You can find not only gas masks and medals of the liquidators, but “unused original graphite block with Chernobyl”.

Мрачный Диснейленд. Туристический бум в Чернобыле



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