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The juxtaposition of ancient and modern is all but inescapable in South Korea, where undulating Zaha Hadid works of glass and steel soar above traditional temples. Photographed by Jason Teale.

Published on Sep 24, 2015

 

Bright night lights

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza, set against Seoul's traditional city gates, is but one dramatic juxtaposition of ultra-modernization sitting alongside ancient culture found across fast-changing South Korea.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

 

The root of Korean retail

Despite its image of new-world affluence, Busan still counts many old markets like Bujeon around town. Here you can buy anything from fresh seafood to herbs and roots for traditional Korean dishes.

Bujeon

 

Soul-soothing sounds

A monk at Beomosa Temple in Busan performs a nightly drumming ritual. The continuous beat pays respects to the land and the spirits, while keeping to a repetitive pattern that helps monks prepare to rest.

Beomosa Temple

 

Looking Ahead

A vibrantly painted, carved pavilion in Ulsan looks out across the metropolis, which, with the world's largest auto plant and shipyard, has been integral to South Korea's economic rise.

Carved pavillion in Ulsan

 

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