Chernobyl Becomes Hot Tourist Spot Thanks To HBO Series | TODAY

Chernobyl Becomes Hot Tourist Spot Thanks To HBO Series | TODAY


THROUGHOUT EUROPE. 60,000 SQUARE MILES. 60,000 SQUARE MILES. IT’S BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE IT’S BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE FINEST TV DRAMAS EVER MADE FINEST TV DRAMAS EVER MADE DEPICTING ONE OF THE WORST DEPICTING ONE OF THE WORST NUCLEAR DISASTERS. NUCLEAR DISASTERS. CHERNOBYL PORTRAYS THE 1986 CHERNOBYL PORTRAYS THE 1986 ACCIDENT AT A NUCLEAR POWER ACCIDENT AT A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AND A TERRIBLE COST FOR PLANT AND A TERRIBLE COST FOR WORKERS WHO BATTLED TO LIMIT THE WORKERS WHO BATTLED TO LIMIT THE RADIATION. RADIATION. THOUSANDS WERE EVACUATED. THOUSANDS WERE EVACUATED. THE AREA ABANDONED. THE AREA ABANDONED. BUT TOURISTS KACAN COME HERE AND BUT TOURISTS KACAN COME HERE AND SEE WHERE IT HAPPENED. SEE WHERE IT HAPPENED. LOCALS SAY SINCE THE MINISERIES LOCALS SAY SINCE THE MINISERIES STARTED AIRING TOURISM IS UP STARTED AIRING TOURISM IS UP 40%. 40%.>>SUCH A SOBERING THING.>>SUCH A SOBERING THING. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.>>IT’S VERY ISSURREAL BEING HER>>IT’S VERY ISSURREAL BEING HER>>THE RADIATION IS ALWAYS IN>>THE RADIATION IS ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD, BUT I THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD, BUT I WANTED TO SEE THIS SO BADLY THAT WANTED TO SEE THIS SO BADLY THAT IT WAS A RISK I WAS WILLING TO IT WAS A RISK I WAS WILLING TO TAKE. TAKE.>>Reporter: IN FACT, THE>>Reporter: IN FACT, THE RADIATION IS LOW ENOUGH THAT RADIATION IS LOW ENOUGH THAT WHILE LIVING HERE HAS BEEN OFF WHILE LIVING HERE HAS BEEN OFF LIMITS FOR DECADES, VISITING IS LIMITS FOR DECADES, VISITING IS SAFE. SAFE. WHEN WE CAME TO CHERNOBYL WE WHEN WE CAME TO CHERNOBYL WE FOUND A GHOST OUNCETOWN. FOUND A GHOST OUNCETOWN.>>IT’S LIKE THE CLOCKS JUST>>IT’S LIKE THE CLOCKS JUST STOPPED. STOPPED.>>Reporter: THIS WAS THE LOCAL>>Reporter: THIS WAS THE LOCAL DOCTOR’S OFFICE. DOCTOR’S OFFICE. THESE ARE PEOPLE’S MEDICAL THESE ARE PEOPLE’S MEDICAL RECORDS LEFT ON THE FLOOR. RECORDS LEFT ON THE FLOOR. WE CARRIED A GEIGER COUNTER. WE CARRIED A GEIGER COUNTER. IT STARTED MAKING A NOISE. IT STARTED MAKING A NOISE.>>IT’S HIGHER HAN THE>>IT’S HIGHER HAN THE BACKGROUND. BACKGROUND.>>Reporter: IT’STHIS KINDERGART>>Reporter: IT’STHIS KINDERGART EVACUATED IN A HURRY. EVACUATED IN A HURRY. CHILDREN’S COAT HANGARS, SHOES, CHILDREN’S COAT HANGARS, SHOES, A CHILD’S BIKE, NOW IT’S EERILY A CHILD’S BIKE, NOW IT’S EERILY QUIET. QUIET. OR IT WAS UNTIL “CHERNOBYL” OR IT WAS UNTIL “CHERNOBYL” AIRED. AIRED. IT’S BEEN CRITICIZED BY SOME IN IT’S BEEN CRITICIZED BY SOME IN RUSSIA BECAUSE OF FACTUAL RUSSIA BECAUSE OF FACTUAL ERRORS, AND EVEN CALLED ERRORS, AND EVEN CALLED PROPAGANDA BECAUSE IT HIGHLIGHTS PROPAGANDA BECAUSE IT HIGHLIGHTS MISTAKES MADE BY THE SOVIETS. MISTAKES MADE BY THE SOVIETS. AND INEVITABLY THE TOURISTS AND INEVITABLY THE TOURISTS VISITING HERE HAVE BEGUN TO VISITING HERE HAVE BEGUN TO COMPLAIN ABOUT TOO MUCH TOURISM. COMPLAIN ABOUT TOO MUCH TOURISM.>>THERE ARE A LOT OF TOURISTS>>THERE ARE A LOT OF TOURISTS ALREADY HERE, AND IT DOES KIND ALREADY HERE, AND IT DOES KIND OF TAKE AWAY THE EXPERIENCE OF OF TAKE AWAY THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN A COMPLETELY ABANDONED BEING IN A COMPLETELY ABANDONED TOWN. TOWN. SO I THINK IF MORE AND MORE SO I THINK IF MORE AND MORE TOURISTS COME HERE, THAT WILL TOURISTS COME HERE, THAT WILL RUIN THE EXPERIENCE. RUIN THE EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: YOU PAY UNDER $100>>Reporter: YOU PAY UNDER $100 TO VISIT CHERNOBYL. TO VISIT CHERNOBYL. MAKING IT SAFE HAS COST THE MAKING IT SAFE HAS COST THE WORLD MILLIONS. WORLD MILLIONS. THE PLACE NOW A MONUMENT TO THE PLACE NOW A MONUMENT TO HUMAN FRAILTY AND A DECADES OLD

25 thoughts on “Chernobyl Becomes Hot Tourist Spot Thanks To HBO Series | TODAY

  1. Subscribe we are currently filming at Chernobyl and will notify you when its done – https://youtu.be/ERJ5uEyi558

  2. I went to Chernobyl in 2015 on a guided tour though the city of pripyat, I am from New Zealand, I payed around $100 USD where the locals pay around $30 USD, unfortunately the whole tour was in Ukrainian so I had no idea what was being said, but thankfully I had a friend who relayed all the important information back to me. They have military police guarding the road into pripyat so you can't just go in on a whim. We were there for about 5 hours walking through the city and into some buildings including the hospital, school and local swimming pool. You were not allowed to touch or pick up anything. At the time they were building the sarcophagus over the reactor. It was the beginning of November when I went and it was freezing cold

  3. How can be safe if tons of radiative materials fell down into the ground… I think government allow this to get money even Though they know that is not safe at all.

  4. Tourism has always been a thing there, trips organised every week, it's nothing new. I've wanted to go and see it myself for many years now, but I don't feel like paying a fee to enter a place that's essentially empty and free to see, but someone's got to bribe the corrupt officials so that you can go in. Disgusting.

  5. The guy at 2:05 is a pretentious little twit…not even Ukrainian and he’s acting like Chernobyl is all his to enjoy and have to himself…take him to the infirmary, he’s delusional…

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