Instagram tourists are now flocking to Chernobyl
This is a pretty weird side effect of the show's popularity.
Despite being only five episodes long, it has become hugely obvious that HBO's hit show Chernobyl is still on everyone's mind.
We thought it was pretty much a masterpiece in true horror, while the Russian government have taken such offence by the story told in the show that they have decided to tell it from their perspective, apparently with the Americans as the antagonists.
Since airing, it has become the highest rated show on IMDb (even over the likes of Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, and Game Of Thrones), however, one particular real-life reaction to the show comes as a bit of a surprise.
According to The Washington Post, there has been a surge in bookings for trips to the site and the nearby town that were abandoned after a major nuclear accident in 1986.
Trip bookings for May 2019 were 30% higher than May 2018, and were up over the next three months, as well, said Sergii Ivanchuk, director of SoloEast Travel, which organises trips to the nuclear power plant and its surrounding areas.
TWP also report that at least one company is already advertising an HBO-themed trip for $185 (approx. €165) per person, "revealing to the secrets and real stories of the events that occurred".
The tour is said to include riding "in an armoured patrol vehicle, in which the liquidators in 1986 made a radiation reconnaissance," and trying "a real lunch of power plant employees in the canteen of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant".
The writer of the show itself took to Twitter to remind visitors that the events of the show weren't fictional, and that it is the place of a real-life tragedy:
It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I've seen the photos going around.
If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019
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