Dark Tourism — G Adventures

WHAT IS DARK TOURISM? — JULY 2019.

With the popularity of TV’s Chernobyl, we look at safe, responsible tourism of former disaster zones

I was at Wat Thmey in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and before me was a glass case full of human skulls. Nearby, similar large cases contained thousands of human bones piled on top of each other. These were the remains of some of the estimated two million victims of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia under the dictator Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979.

Plaques and memorials surrounded these gruesome displays, telling the stories about who some of these victims were and the atrocities committed against them. As this was a monastery, memorial stupas and shrines also filled the space where people could pray and leave offerings. It was a somber moment, a somber place. I could barely look at the bones and felt sick to my stomach — yet, like the Holocaust or Rwanda and other genocides, they are important pieces of history that should never be forgotten or not faced because they are difficult. It is precisely for these reasons that people should visit them; both to bear witness to those lives lost and honour them, as well as to help ensure such dark parts of human history are not repeated.

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