Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

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KZ Mauthausen-Gusen: museum & former concentration camp in Austria

31st October 2006

From 1940 to 1945, a concentration camp located in Mauthausen, Austria was a place of torture and murder for hundreds of thousands of people during World War II. Prisoners consisted of men, women and children from various races and creeds. By 1945, more than 15,000 or over 19% of the total prison population were children […]

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Thanatourism: Sky burials in Tibet

3rd September 2006

Thanatourism is derived from the Ancient Greek word thanatos in mythology, for the personification of death.  Thanatourism is an extreme form of grief tourism that involves the dark contemplation of death at the time of its occurrence.  Every religion has a different approach to death and in the mountains of Tibet, there is (from the […]

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Cemetery Tourism: Symbolic Attractions

27th July 2006

Cemeteries have a strange and macabre attraction for the curious and the morose.  The dark symbolism of granite headstones, monuments, and crypts, viewed by some with sorrow and grief, is often no more than a part of a sightseeing itinerary for the general populace. Pere-LaChaise in Paris, France, a burial place for such notable figures […]

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Gettysburg – The Sacred Ground

15th July 2006

Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania, the scene of the largest conflict ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, is considered by many to be the final turning point of the Civil War.  For three days, the brave armies of the North and South fought against each other, each equally strong in their beliefs, and each reluctant to […]

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Alcatraz – The Darkness Within

10th July 2006

Alacatraz prison, officially closed in 1963, sits on an island of 22 acres, surrounded by freezing waters and rapid currents.  Juan Manuel de Ayala, who gave it the name of La Isla de las Alcatreces, “the Island of the Pelicans,” discovered the island in 1775.  In 1850, Alcatraz, better known as “the Rock,” was established […]

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Hurricane Katrina: fear and grief tourism

26th June 2006

The states along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. have a reason to fear the onset of hurricane season and the inevitable disasters that occur. Storm warnings had been issued from Florida to Louisiana and yet, many thought this would be just another hurricane. On August 29, 2005 Katrina came ashore, bringing a storm surge […]

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Hiroshima: Tourist Destination & Plea for Peace

19th June 2006

It was a cruel event that made Hiroshima the tourist attraction that it is today. The United States War Department, in accordance with the Manhattan Project, issued the final order for the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on July 25th, 1945.  On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the first atomic bomb in the world, flown […]

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What is grief tourism?

14th June 2006

Grief tourism occurs every day in places like Pearl Harbor (battlefield tourism) and Auschwitz (Holocaust tourism). Then there are people who visit places wrecked by natural disasters, people who attend funerals of celebrities, and people who visit prisons. In short there are many types of grief tourism and here we’ve tried to organize tourist attractions based […]

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Auschwitz: A Grim Reminder of the Holocaust

13th June 2006

Auschwitz, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, Poland, was a complex of three concentration camps, Auschwitz I for death, II for slave labor, and III for transport.  It was the scene of one of the world’s greatest tragedies, the mass genocide of over one million Poles, European Jews, and Roma people (the gypsies) in the darkest […]

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Tsunami disaster tourism: Phuket, Thailand

5th June 2006

On the morning of December 26, 2004, Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, felt the first shock of the 9.0 earthquake that brought the “Andaman Wave” to the shores of the Andaman Sea on the Indian Ocean coastline. Hotels along the waterfront were filled with tourists on vacation for the Christmas holidays, unaware of what […]

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