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Dark tourism

Chernobyl

A nuclear explosion destroyed the city of Chernobyl

Have you heard of 'dark tourism'? This is travel to places that are connected with bad or sinister things. Destinations like the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the site of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine, and Ground Zero in New York, are all popular places to visit.

Rob and Neil discuss the rise in this type of holiday and why people want to go on them.

This week's question:

Robben Island in South Africa is one dark tourism destination. It's where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Do you know in which year it finally closed as a prison?

a) 1991
b) 1996
c) 1999

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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Vocabulary

tourism

the business of providing services such as transport, places to stay, or entertainment for people who are on holiday

depressing

making you feel unhappy and without hope

catastrophic

causing huge destruction or suffering

curious

interested in finding out about things

morally wrong

against what is generally believed to be the right way of doing something

morbid fascination

an interest in things to do with death and destruction

macabre

unpleasant or shocking because they are related to death

compelled

doing something because you feel forced to or feel it has to be done

ethics

what is believed to be the right way to behave

exploiting

(here) using something for financial gain

human nature

the natural ways of behaving that most people share

tasteful

showing good judgement about what is suitable

memorialisation

the act of honouring someone or an event

respectful

feeling or showing admiration for someone

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