Bukchon, the historic neighborhood between Gyeongbok-gung and Changdeok-gung palaces in the heart of Seoul, is the home of buk-chon son mandu, which translates as "handmade dumplings." Even though this is a Seoul chain restaurant, the namesake location is here, and it has the feel of a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. All is fresh, made right in front of you.
For just a few bucks, a delicious variety of mandu—the Korean version of wontons or gyoza—awaits you. The restaurant also specializes in North Korean–style buckwheat noodles served in a cold spicy broth.
From the An-guk subway station, go north on Bukchon-ro; you'll pass the Constitutional Court on the left. Continue to the first major intersection and turn right. Just after you curve to the right, you'll find the restaurant on your right.