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.
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.
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.
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.