Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RASKB), founded in 1900, is the oldest organization in Korea specially designed to introduce people to the beauty of this land in all its many aspects.

The RASKB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history 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 professions, 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. Members are also invited to our annual Garden Party.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Lecturer Venue Admission
Recent Trends in the Return of Cultural Objects to their Countries of Origin: Implications for Korea Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Lee Keun-Gwan, Professor of Law, Seoul National University Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
Guan Yu: Why Koreans worship a Chinese tofu seller Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Jacco Zwetsloot Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
Mural of Mystery: the Amitabha Buddha Triad at Muwi-sa Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Hal Swindall Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
A Forgotten Terrorist Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm Ambassador Ra Jong-yil Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
Won for the money: How capitalism is changing North Korea Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm James Pearson Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members

Upcoming Excursions

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Joseon Tea Masters: Haenam and Gangjin Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 8:00pm South Jeolla Province Brother Anthony W238,000 for members and W285,000 for non-members
SONGNISAN NATIONAL PARK & BEOPCHUSA Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 8:00am to 8:00pm North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do) Sue J. Bae W57,000 for members and W69,000 for non-members
CITY SHOPPING SPREE Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:30am to 6:30pm Various places in Seoul Sue J. Bae W32,000 for members and W38,400 for non members
Unforgettable Experience of Myanmar with the RASKB - Short and Long Program Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 5:00pm to Monday, February 23, 2015 - 9:00am Myanmar Tom Coyner 2,050,000 - 2,765,000KRW

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Christian Building, Daehangno 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-736
왕립아세아학회한국지부
[110-736] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동 ) 한국기독교회관 611호실

Office is open Monday through Friday except Wednesday. We are short staffed: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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