Clubs & Groups


Korean Literature Club


“The Court Dancer” by Kyung-sook Shin



The November meeting of the Club will be held on Thursday, November 29, starting at 7 pm, in the basement of the North Terrace book-cafe 서울시 종로구 율곡로 10길 12,  (12 Yulgokno 10 gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul), opposite the main gate of Changdeok-gung palace.
We are going to discuss a full-length novel, “The Court Dancer” by Kyung-sook Shin. Please be sure to have read the whole book before coming! Reviews can help think more deeply:

We hope that many will come to this meeting. 

In the coming months we expect to be discussing some of the newest translations to have been published: “At Dusk” or “Familiar Things” by Hwang Sok-yong; “One Hundred Shadows” or “I'll Go On” by Hwang Jungeun; “Human Acts” by Han Kang; “The Underground Village” by Kang Kyeong-ae; “City of Ash and Red” by Hye-Young Pyun; “The Plotters” by Un-su Kim; “Wolves” by Jeon Sungtae; “A Greater Music” by Bae SuAh etc.

These books are all published overseas but are (or hopefully will be) available in Seoul bookstores. Each being a full-length novel, preparation for the meeting will take longer but the discussion can be correspondingly rich. Please tell us if there is a recently published translation of a Korean novel that you would especially recommend.

Yonjoo Hong
Brother Anthony

The North Terrace Book Cafe is located at Yulgok-ro 10-gil, Jongno 1234, Jongno-gu, Seoul.  Go to Anguk Station on the Orange #3 Line.  Go out Exit 4 and do and immediate U-turn on the sidewalk.  Then take a right in front of the Japanese Cultural Center and walk towards Changdeok-gung, but on the opposite side of the main street (Yulgok-ro) from the palace.  Please note the below map.


RAS - Business & Culture Club

The Business and Culture Club meets monthly on the 3rd working Tuesday noon of each month. 

The date and topic of our 43rd B&C Meeting are as follows: 

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 17, 11:50 am ~ 1:00 pm
Meeting point: Euljiro 4-ga Station exit 1.  We leave at noon sharp.

Activity: Tour major rejuvenation project, named Dasi Sewoon. We will visit the new walkways, the museum, the roof, the market, and the impressive interior atrium.

Click on the name to go to our Facebook page for a schedule of events. Meetings are held at lunch time for working people with little time but a lot of interest in Korea. (We normally meet  just before noon, inside Dunkin Donuts next to Deoksugung Palace (Daehanmun).)

(Refer to map for events sheduled during other months than December.)


RASKB Cuisine Club



The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is pleased to announce a new addition to our existing programs and social outings:  The RASKB Cuisine Club.  The purpose of this club is to bring together members and friends to experience the best of Korean cuisine, from cooking to eating.  With this new social organization alongside our existing Business Club, we will explore food from all corners of the peninsula, and beyond.

The group will meet on a monthly basis at local restaurants, cooking schools, and other spots of culinary interest, combining good food and good company.  To join us, please go to the Cuisine Club Face Book page with your name, contact information, and how many people will be in your party so that we can make accurate reservations. The final bill will be equally split between all attendees.


Visits to the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

These visits comprise of 2 parts: the first is a short walk through the exhibit, followed by the second which is usually a presentation and a Q&A session on a related topic of the exhibit. This year, visits will be held on the following dates. 

Seoul 2002 Word Cup Korean Fan
©Tom Coyner

Next visit to be announced later.

RAS Photography Workshops

RAS Korea has arranged with Onsite Studios to offer a series of in-depth “RAS Photo Workshops.”

For the third time, the RASKB is offering Photo Workshops by long-term RASKB member Tom Coyner.  During these monthly workshops, we will address the following questions:
  • Is photography one of your greatest or most recent interests?  
  • Do you wonder how you may improve your images?
  • Are you curious just how some people’s photos are often better than your own?
  • Would you like to understand some of the cultural as well technical aspects of travel and portrait photography?
  • Would you like to spend two hours each month with like-minded people?
If you answer any of the above questions in the affirmative, we may have created something special for you.  The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is offering a series of photography workshops for the third time.  

Christmas lights in front of the Lotte Department Store in northern Seoul

©Tom Coyner

Next Workshop to be scheduled in April 2018.  Details to follow, later.

Next Workshop Will be in September 2018
Date & Time: TBD
Topic: TBD
Trainer: Tom Coyner

Venue: See below map to studio, followed by outdoor workshop on Inwangsan mountain

Participation Fees:  W50,000 for RASKB members; W60,000 for non-members

RSVPS are required to allow proper preparation of handouts. To reserve your place, please click here.

Experienced photographers are encouraged to bring their tripods. Inexperienced photographers are welcome to just show up with their smartphones!

 Directions to Onsite Studios  (Photography Workshop Location)

You may board one of the green buses at the bust stop located north by 100 meters from of Exit 3 of Gyeongbok-gung Line 3 subway station.  They will get you to either to the indicated traffic light where you get off at “Gyeonggi Sang-go (경기상고)” bus stop, cross the boulevard, turn left and walk to small brick Chinese restaurant and take a right up the hill along Jahamun-ro 33 - or you will need to get off the bus immediately after it takes an early right turn to the entrance to “Gyongbok Gogyo (경복고교), where you have to double back one block, cross the boulevard and turn right, to the entrance of the street with the school yard corner and the small brick Chinese restaurant, where you turn up the hill, along Jahamun-ro 33.




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 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
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