|Bulguksa temple complex, Gyeongju|
Tourists are not allowed to take photographs of greatly revered Buddhas like this one, but we could peer into the grotto from a viewing platform at the front, captivated by its graceful proportions, before enjoying the view towards the sea from outside. On the way back to the car park i saw another chipmunk, and enjoyed a conversation with a young English-speaking visitor from the island of Jeju, off the south coast. My idea then was to find a hiking trail that was supposed to lead off from the main road, in order to try to reach the sea, but either the map or (more likely) my ability to read it was wrong, so i ended up returning, on foot, to the Bulguksa temple complex. After dark i had a tasty pot noodle for supper, before being kindly escorted by two concerned local ladies to an eminently affordable and welcoming youth hostel.