PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE Abandoned Ferris Wheel near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station's Reactor No. 4 in Pripyat, Ukraine. The world's most unlikely tourist attraction has closed its radioactive doors to visitors. From hastily abandoned classrooms to devastated private homes, the shattered radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl attracted 10,000 visitors per year, with each paying about Â£65 to tour operators. With flights and hotel bookings on top of this the nuclear disaster zone contributed millions of pounds to the Ukrainian economy. However the Tourism Ministry closed the site amid concerns that the cash generated from tourism was not being spent to solve the problems of the radiation zone. The climax of the trip was a viewing of Chernobyl's infamous reactor number four, which exploded in 1986 - killing 43 people in the immediate aftermath and up to 10,000 from radiation and genetic disorders since then. Award-winning photographer, Zoltan Balogh, 31, from Hungary overcame Soviet-style red tape and travelled 1,200 miles to grab his last chance to reach the reactor and braved the still hazardous radioactive fallout to bring back an incredible snapshot of this unique project. (Photo by Zoltan Balogh / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea was left standing vacant and half finished when the economy collapsed. A shiny glass exterior was added in 2008, yet the building is still a shell.
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