The Korean capital is one of the world's largest urban areas - an intriguing, energetic metropolis whose high-rise buildings and thronging streets are encircled by temple-dotted mountains and swish suburbs. The Rough Guide to Seoul gives you the low-down on where to stay, eat, drink and party in this 24-hour city - check out everything from the winding alleys and galleries of Insadong to the city 's stunning temples and palaces, and from designer boutiques in Apjujeong to Hongdae's best BBQ halls and bars. Slurp street food and makgeolli rice wine at the atmospheric Gwangjang market. End your evening like the natives do - in a noraebang singing room. Step into North Korea over the world's most guarded border.