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Dark Tourism


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 MP3 file to find out the answer.

Source: BBC Learning English Dark Tourism

MP3 File



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


making you feel unhappy and without hope


causing huge destruction or suffering


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


unpleasant or shocking because they are related to death


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


what is believed to be the right way to behave


(here) using something for financial gain

human nature

the natural ways of behaving that most people share


showing good judgement about what is suitable


the act of honouring someone or an event


feeling or showing admiration for someone

Last edited: 18/06/2015

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