Is this the world's most dangerous hotel?

 

The Ukrainian government has opened a new hostel, smack in the middle of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, an area so dangerous, even 31 years after a nuclear reactor exploded, that no one is permitted to live there.

Although no one is allowed to live in the 19-mile radius area from the blast, a territory of over 1,000 square miles, visitors are allowed, but only with permission and only for short stays. The new 50-bed hostel, soon to be expanded to 102 beds, is 9 miles from the blast site, at the abandoned city of Pripyat.

For nearly unfathomable reasons, the area has become an in-demand destination with tours including an amusement park that was never opened (its opening was scheduled for 4 days after the blast) and other eerie reminders. The reactor itself is sealed under a concrete and steel structure which traps 16 tons of uranium and plutonium and 30 tons of highly contaminated dust.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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