Forget traditional tourist attractions such as museums, historical architecture or unique natural landmarks, the hit of this Halloween season is the so called “Dark Tourism” which takes travelers to macabre attractions and disturbing experiences. Dark tourism (sometimes also known as “black tourism” or “grief tourism”) has been defined as tourism involving travel to sites historically associated with death or tragedy. From a haunted Chilean cemetery with open graves to a creepy suicide forest in Japan, check out these 25 dark tourism sites that will give you the spine-chilling feel just by seeing them on your screen.
20. Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda
www.traveladventures.org Opened in April 2004, the Memorial Centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan genocide was a mass slaughter of the ethnic groups Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority. During a 100-day period from April 1994 to mid-July 1994, an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans (as much as 20% of the country’s total population) were killed. One of the most remarkable atrocities of the genocide was a massive and pervasive use of war rape and violence against women. It is suggested that up to half a million women were raped, sexually mutilated and murdered during the genocide. Opened on the tenth anniversary of the start of the genocide, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre also serves as a mass grave for the victims and a permanent exhibition for the benefit of survivors.
15. Leap Castle, Ireland
paranomaly.tumblr.com Built by the Irish O’Bannon clan in the 13th century, the Leap Castle has a long and bloody history. There was a brutal fratricide committed in one of the castle chapel now known as the Bloody Chapel. Moreover, many people were held prisoners and executed at the castle. The castle is rumored to be haunted by a vast number of spirits, including a violent, hunched supernatural entity known as the Elemental, most recognizable by the accompanying smell of rotting flesh and sulfur. Also, while renovating the castle, a dungeon accessible only through a ceiling hatch was discovered. It served for killing prisoners and contained three cartloads of human remains and spikes to impale those thrown into its depths.
10. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, California, USA
www.familytree.com Often just referred to as Alcatraz, the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California. Operated from 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz was believed to be escape-proof and America’s strongest prison. It housed some 1,576 of America’s most ruthless criminals including infamous gangsters and serial killers. Today the penitentiary is a museum and one of San Francisco’s major tourist spots, attracting some 1.5 million visitors annually.
5. Choeung Ek, Cambodia
magictravelblog.com Situated about 25 miles south of CambodiaÂ´s capital Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime killed between 1975 and 1979. Containing almost 9,000 bodies, the site now serves as a memorial, marked by a Buddhist stupa filled with more than 5,000 human skulls. Tourists are encouraged by the Cambodian government to visit Choeung Ek and pay tribute to over 1 million people executed during the outrageous Khmer Rouge regime.
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