Rome wasn’t built in a day, but this modern two-story Angel-In-Us Coffee café with ancient Greek column décor, golden velvet sofas, and crystal chandlers and an outdoor patio in Korea was. It’s not uncommon to walk the streets of Korea and run into at least a handful of dilapidated buildings, many of which appear to have been crumpled during an earthquake or ambushed in an air raid. Many steel rods that reinforce the concrete dart out, twisting and turning like a Korean farmer’s back. The following week, they vanish and get replaced by another café. From downloading a full music album in mere seconds at record peek speeds of almost 48 Mbps, to erecting new buildings within days, I find it truly astounding as to how fast paced Korean culture really is.

With almost 50 million people living in this small country, it’s no wonder why structures like these exist.

An old abandoned church.

Climbing the tower of the abandoned church.

Although I look quite happy reaching the top, I had a few close calls, nearly plummeting to death.

Nothing like a fine This Plus cigarette to sooth the nerves. The tower top was equivalent to about half the size of a twin size bed. It was covered in snow and ice.

Overlooking the city of Seoul.

The sign outside this building translated to attic.

Having some fun in an abandoned room.

Experimenting.

So, when you see a crumbling building, take a good solid look and cherish the memory because the next time you see it, chances are that it won’t be there anymore. Acknowledge the work that was put into it when it first came to be and recognize that the new structure will be put to good use.

‘Urban exploration in South Korea’ photoessay by . This is his photography blog and here’s a satirical video he made .