December 3, 2014
Past and present are often intertwined in Asia, where ancient wonders are still as visually stunning today as they were centuries ago.
Published on Dec 3, 2014
Namhansanseong, 25 kilometers from Seoul, was a defensive capital of the Joseon dynasty, spanning 1392 to 1910. The site of a fabled military stand against China's Qing in 1636, it also harbored anti-Japanese guerrillas a century ago.
Along the Silk Route
The 5,000-kilometer Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor runs into China (above) from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The trail of capitals, temples, even bits of the Great Wall, is—like all the locations here—now on the unesco World Heritage List.
Cliffs and caves
Limestone karst peaks permeated with vivid green valleys define the Trang An landscape found along the south shore of Vietnam's Red River delta. Human activity here dates back 30,000 years.
Rani-ki-Vav, or the Queen's Stepwell, in Gujarat, India, is a multi-story work of art and architecture; a water repository that's also an inverted temple full of 800 carvings themed on the 10 incarnations of Vishnu.