Can use the Vice episode in class and the top gear part for Chernobyl
Lecture #5 - Dark & Doom Tourism
Lecture #5 – Dark & Doom
• What is Dark Tourism?
• Some Famous Locations
• Korean Dark Tourism
• South Korea
• What is Doom Tourism?
• Some Famous Locations
• Some More Public Speaking Tips
• Strategies For A Good Conclusion
• Today we will discuss two similar but different styles of
tourism, Dark Tourism & Doom Tourism.
• We will talk about what Dark tourism is, where is it popular,
and some criticisms of it.
• Then we will discuss Doom Tourism and some of its famous
• We will also add to our presentation tips with another set
– This time referring to how to have a good conclusion to your
• It is a type of tourism where tourists are drawn to, and travel to
locations that are associated with death and tragedy.
– It is also sometimes called Black Tourism or Greif Tourism.
• People who enjoy and try to visit many of these locations are
sometimes referred to as Dark Tourists.
– Are you a Dark Tourist?
– Have you ever visited a Dark Tourism Location?
• Even though these locations are associated with death and tragedy,
their historical value is also a major reason people visit.
• You don’t have to be a Dark Tourist to enjoy the importance of that
Famous Dark Tourism Locations
• Unfortunately, there are Dark Tourism locations all over the world.
• Here are a few of the more famous locations:
– Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland
– The Killing Fields & Genocide Museum in Cambodia
– The Cambodia Land Mine Museum
– The Cluster Bomb Museum in Laos
– Ground Zero in New York
– Chernobyl, Ukraine
– The Kigali Genocide Memorial Center in Rwanda
– Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan
• Have you visited any of these locations?
Two Famous Dark Tourism Movies
Have you seen these movies? They are good for understanding why those
locations are now Dark Tourism locations.
• There are quite a few Dark Tourism Locations in Korea.
– Many people don’t know them or have never visited them.
• The most widely known one is the DMZ.
– What does DMZ mean in English?
• Around the northern parts of South Korea you can find many different war
memorials of different countries that participated in the Korean War.
– How many do you know?
• We saw a picture of Jeong-Dong-Jin (정동진) at the beginning of this
• Did you learn about The Jeju Uprising when you were a high school
The Jeju Massacre (4.3)
• Here is an interesting article about the Jeju Massacre.
• It is a forgotten time in world history.
– It happened after Korea was liberated from Japan – the
end of World War 2.
– It happened before the start of the Korean War.
• Have you ever been to Jeju Island?
• Did you know about this Dark Tourism location there?
Dark Tourism Criticism
• Some people criticize Dark Tourism
entrepreneurs for making a profit off of the past
suffering and pain of others.
– They say they are “exploiting” the location.
• This is an opinion of others and not a fact for
every location is different.
– They all offer tourists a chance to learn about the
tragedy and possibly find a way to help
– Volunteerism is one way in which tourists can help
– $$ - of course donations do not hurt either!
• North Korea is attractive to Dark Tourists.
– Foreign visitors can travel their by entering through China.
• What they are able to see and experience is of course
controlled by the government.
– Only Package Tours with government tour guides are
• Many people also see North Korea as a Doom Tourism
– It will not be around forever.
• It is visiting the places, sites, countries, or regions, which are under some
kind of an environmental and/or human threat.
– It is also sometimes called Last Chance Tourism or Tourism Of Doom.
• The basic aim of doom tourism is to urge people to visit the threatened
sites before they are lost forever.
– It is gaining in popularity because it is time sensitive.
– “Some see the trend as related to Sustainable Tourism or Ecotourism due to
the fact that a number of these tourist destinations are considered threatened
by environmental factors such as global warming, overpopulation, or an
• There are critics that feel that the growing popularity of Doom Tourism is
actually speeding up the deterioration process of the already threatened
• *1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism#Doom_tourism
Doom Tourism Locations
• Similar to Dark Tourism, there are Doom Tourism Locations all over the
• Here are a few of the more famous Doom Tourism locations:
– The Maldives – The Island Nation is sinking!
– The Great Barrier Reef – The Coral is dying
– Venice, Italy – The canal city is slowly flooding
– Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers – They are melting
– The Alaska glaciers – They are also melting
– Churchill Manitoba – A place to view Polar Bears
– Tasmania – The Tasmanian Devil will be extinct in the not too distant future
– There are many more around the world.
• Are there any Doom Tourism locations in Korea?
Doom Tourism Travel
• Here is a Doom Tourism travel suggestion that I took from the internet.
• “Tread Lightly!
There is no better proof that the planet is in trouble than the Doom Tourism sites
themselves, but we can make a difference.
• Here are some suggestions:
– Stay in a hotel that has made a commitment to sustainability and has an active environmental
– Do not deface or damage monuments or artifacts.
– Use public transit whenever possible.
– Be courteous to local people and respectful of their culture.
– do the common-sense things: switch off lights, conserve water, use a cloth bag for shopping,
don’t litter and eat local produce.
• By all means, visit these doomed places, but let’s also do our best to save them.*2”
• *2: http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/10/08/doom-tourism/
Presentation Tips – Strategies For A Good Conclusion
• When you are ready to finish your presentation it is important to have a
– This is the last chance the audience has to listen to your presentation and they will be
able to remember it easily.
• Here is a simple chart that you can follow when concluding or “wrapping-
up” your presentation.
• You don’t have to use all of them every time, but it is a useful tool.
– Each part can be as simple as just a sentence.
Presentation Tips – Strategies For A Good Conclusion
• There are some useful phrases that you can use in each of the different parts of
the chart from the previous page.
• Signaling the end of the presentation.
– This brings me to the end of my presentation
• Summarizing the main points.
– Before I finish, let me highlight my main points again
• Recommending or suggestion something.
– I will just run through 3 different options
– I would suggest that…..
– I’d therefore recommend that ……..
• Inviting questions.
– Now I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
• *Making your final statement is unique to each presentation!
• Today we discussed both Dark & Doom Tourism.
– What are they?
– Where are they around the world?
• Dark Tourism in Korea.
– Due to Korea’s history, there are many Dark Tourism locations.
– North Korea is its own unique Dark Tourism location and even could be a Doom Tourism location.
– Are there any Doom Tourism locations in South Korea?
• Just as with some of our other types of tourism, Doom Tourism is a growing international industry.
– People are wanting to see these places, animals, or artifacts before they are gone forever.
– It is definitely time sensitive.
– Some researchers feel that this growth in tourism is actually causing the “doom” to happen more quickly.
• We continued to add a bit more ideas in terms of public speaking practice.
– Strategies For A Good Conclusion.
– There are more tips to come, but this now gives us a great set of strategies for an entire presentation.
*Make sure to review this PPT for your homework presentation assignment!*
• Download the Microsoft Word (.docx) document
on the class website that is with this PPT in the
Lecture #5 thread.
• Complete the homework on your own before
our next “lab” class.
– I will be checking it.
• Be ready to talk about your answers.
• This will be the 5th presentation you will make for our class.
• Every student will prepare a short (3 minute maximum) presentation for next week’s class.
• The topic is your choice - either about Dark Tourism or Doom Tourism.
Look back at slides #4 and #15. You can choose one of those locations, or a new one that
you know about and would like to do, and introduce it to us.
• Try to make sure to follow the new presentation tips we discussed today, along with the other
ones we have been adding every week.
• Be prepared and ready to present for next week! Everybody must post their video on Google +
• Don’t worry! As long as you present, you will get the participation points!