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
Moving beyond Makgeolli: Selected Observations on Traditional Korean Alcohol Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm John Frankl Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Politics in the Trenches: A Field Report from the 20th National Assembly Election Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Jacob Reidhead Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
[Children's Day Special] Mungyeong Tea Bowl Festival Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:30am to 6:00pm Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province Jennifer Flinn 65,000W for members and 78,000W for non-members
The Spirit of Gwangju Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 8:00am to 8:00pm Gwangju, Jeolla Province Robert Koehler 60,000W for members and 72,000W for non-members
Color and Pageantry in Seoul’s Temples on Buddha's Birthday Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm in Seoul Jeremy Seligson W39,000 for members and W46,000 for non-members
Exploring the Eastern Sections of the Seoul Fortress Wall Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm in Seoul Robert J. Fouser 20,000 for RASKB members and 25,000 for nonmembers
(confirmed) Tea-making, temples and food in Jiri Mountain Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 8:30pm South Jeolla Province Brother Anthony 269,000W for members and 322,800W for non-members
Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong: An Architectural Walk Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm Daehangno and Seongbuk-dong neighborhoods in Seoul Robert J. Fouser 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Visit SUWON - Country Palace and Fortress City Walls Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm Suwon, Kyonggi Province Mr. Peter Bartholomew W40,000 for members, and W48,000 for non-members
Special Tour of the spectacular Yeongsan-jae Buddhist Ceremony At Bongwon-sa, one of Seoul’s Greatest Temples Monday, June 6, 2016 - 3:30am to 12:00pm North of the Han River, in Seoul David Mason 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Gangneung Excursion Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 6:00pm Gangneung, Gangwon Province Peter Bartholomew 205,000W for members and 246,000W for non-members

Contact Us

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

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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