Walking through the city, the view of the palace, making its way through the modern skyscrapers, is definitely a refreshing one as downtown Seoul can become a bit overwhelming (old illustration of the palace).
Gyeongbokgung Palace, surrounded by parks and museums, is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in Korean history.
Inside the palace, youngsters, wearing traditional clothes and holding selfie sticks and cameras, walk around the stunning location trying to immortalize the past, or at least a representation of it.
In fact the palace, during the Japanese rule of Korea, went through a systematical destruction by the Japanese Imperial Army. Their goal was to eradicate this symbol and heritage of the Joseon dynasty, which ruled over Korea before the Japanese occupation.
Much of it has been reconstructed or restored but it managed, at least in my opinion, to maintain its ancient feel, especially with all the people dressed up for the occasion in their traditional clothes.
Within the area of the palace, many lakes, fields, gardens and smaller buildings can be found which, similarly to the Summer Palace in Beijing, are a true bliss to explore and get lost in, even in the cold Korean winter.