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!

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
[Online Lecture] Blistered Fingers and Bleeding Throats: The Aesthetics of Korean Traditional Music Jocelyn Clark Online Zoom meeting Free
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
[Online Lecture] Making Icons: The Rise of the K-pop Adjacent Industries CedarBough Saeji Online Zoom meeting Free
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
[Online Lecture] Jeju Island's Haenyeo Joey Rositano Zoon meeting room Free

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
[RESCHEDULED] A Stroll through 600 years of Korea's History and Architecture Saturday, June 20, 2020 -
9:30am to 12:30pm
Changdeokgung Palace & Rear Garden In-Souk Cho 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members (the admission fee is not included)

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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