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

CONFIRMED: Museum of Contemporary History Visit, Sandwich Break, Discussion October 25, 6:50 pm Museum Guide and Robert Neff Museum of Contemporary History, Gwanghwamun free
“I thank Korea for her books:” James Scarth Gale, Korean Literature in hanmun, and Allo-metropolitan Missionary Orientalism Tuesday, October 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Professor Ross King Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
South Korea’s “IMF Crisis” Tuesday, October 31, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
William P. Mako Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Remembering Yongsan Garrison: An Urban Memory Archive Project Tuesday, November 14, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Daniel S. Oh Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members
King of the Dragons: The Yong-wang and other Dragons in Korean Shrines Tuesday, November 28, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
David Mason Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members
The Korean Red Pine: a companion from cradle to grave Tuesday, December 5, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Prof. Woo-seok Kong Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
(CONFIRMED) Seoraksan Foliage Excursion Saturday, October 21, 2017 -
8:00am to 8:00pm
Gangwondo Sue Bae W79,000 - W89,000
(NEW!) A Historical Walk Through Seongbuk-dong Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Seongbuk-dong Suk JiHoon 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
(NEW!) Incredible Museum SAN Excursion Saturday, November 4, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
Wonju, Gangwon Province Kathryn Weathersby 85,000KRW for members and 95,000W for non-members
(NEW!) Korea's Native Faiths and Gods - A Waking Tour Sunday, November 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Downtown Northern Seoul Jun Y.K. Shin 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Medieval Bhutan 2018 (CONFIRMED - Limited Spaces Available)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:15pm to Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:30am
Central Bhutan Tom Coyner 2970.00USD for shared occupancy & 3220.00USD for single occupancy

Contact Us

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

Office is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 but we are short staffed and there are meetings elsewhere often: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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