Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RAS-KB), after ten years of activity, was officially recognized by the London headquarters in 1900. As such, the RAS-KB is the oldest organization in Korea designed to introduce people to the beauty of this land in all its many aspects. It is also arguably the most active international cultural and social organization in Korea. The society offers both academic and 'low-brow' offerings for better understanding Korea with priorities placed on accurate insights and pleasurable means of learning.

The RAS-KB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history, social trends, and landscapes of Korea through lectures, cultural excursions, publications and special interest groups.

Our members are from all walks of life, all nationalities, all ages, all profession. Anyone with a sense of adventure and a bit of intellectual curiosity is welcome. Come and join us! Members receive a free copy of our Transactions and can use our library. Please also check out our weekly updated RAS Korea Facebook page!

Starting from Dec. 11, we have two volunteers serving our office to handle book sales, assist Library visitors, etc. Please look at the bottom of this page for exact office hours. In any case, we strongly advise to call ahead to the RAS Korea to confirm someone is in the office on the day of your intended visit.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
How Korea Created and then Destroyed the Martial Sport of Taekwondo Dr. Steven D. Capener Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for student non-members (with Student ID); free for members
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Korea during the 1880's through 1910: Modernisation and Reforms Mr. Peter Bartholomew Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members; free for members
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
The 1956 Crisis and the Making of North Korean Despotism Dr. Kathryn Weathersby Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members; free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
55th RAS B & C Club: Korea Territorial Development Museum Tuesday, June 18, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Korea Territorial Development Museum Mr. Jacco Zwetsloot Free
Songnisan National Park and Beopjusa Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
8:30am to 8:30pm
North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do) Ms. Sue J. Bae W70,000 for members and W84,000 for non-members (Meal not incl.)
Korean Literature Club - "The Story of Hong Gildong" (translated by Minsoo Kang) Wednesday, June 26, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
B1 of North Terrace Cafe, near Jongno 3-ga and Anguk Station Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
Serving up Masculinity: Instructional cooking media, demographic change, and new gendered realities in South Korea Thursday, June 27, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Jennifer Flinn Free
Seongsu-dong Walking Tour Saturday, June 29, 2019 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Seongsu-dong Mr. Robert Koehler 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members
Gyeongju's Hip Side: Hwangnidan-gil Saturday, July 6, 2019 -
7:30am to 8:00pm
Gyeongju Hwangnidan-gil Mr. Robert Koehler 110,000 won for members; 132,000 won for non-members (not incl. meals)
Walking Tour: Along Korean Imperial Route Saturday, July 13, 2019 -
10:00am to 1:30pm
around Seoul City Hall & Gwanghwamun Mr. Jun Y.K. Shin 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is normally open as follows:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:
                                   10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please call before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796

Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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