By the time I reached Seokguram Grotto by bus, I was done with temples. So instead of entering the site, I took the path leading to Tohamsan Peak. It was only a couple of kilometres to the top from the grotto and the trail sloped gently most of the way.
The mountain lay amongst one of the regions designated as Gyeongju National Park. At the 745 metre summit there was a view of downtown Gyeongju on one side and hazy mountains on the other. A group of hikers surrounded an obelisk snapping photos and I couldn’t refuse their offer to take mine too.