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, February 11, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
'Punishing the traitor, producing the citizen': South Korean prison reform 1945-61 James D. Hillmer Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Finding common ground: Reconstructing contemporary Korean history with archival footage Mr. Taewoong Lee Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Movement Characteristics of Korean Traditional Dance and Martial Arts Sanko Lewis Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Witnessing Gwangju Paul Courtright Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Korean Literature Club - "The Nine Cloud Dream" by Kim Man-jung (translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl) Wednesday, February 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
B1, North Terrace Cafe Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
RAS Museum Day with Nat'l Museum of Korean Contemporary History Wednesday, February 19, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:45pm
National Museum of Korean Contemporary History Museum Guide & RASKB's Matt VanVolkenburg Free
Colloquium - Two Homes Thursday, February 27, 2020 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Kim Deog-Young Free

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 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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