Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RAS-KB), after a dozen 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 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. Please also check out our weekly updated RAS Korea Facebook page!

Members are also invited to our annual Garden Party (June 9 at UK Ambassador's Residence).

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
LesBiTrans Migrant Life in South Korea Chelle Jones Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace (across from Japanese Embassy) 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Green Hills, Reconsidered: Korea's Environmental History in World-Historical Perspective John S. Lee Ph.D. Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Techniques Used in Royal Portraiture During the Late Joseon Dynasty Doo Hee Chung Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Myanmar and North Korea: Divergent Paths Andray Abrahamian, Ph.D. 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/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Hanok History and Preservation Walking Tour (Confirmed) Sunday, May 27, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Bukchon District Robert Fouser W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
RAS-KB Goes to the Ball Game! (Confirmed) Sunday, June 10, 2018 -
1:30pm to 10:00pm
Jamsil Stadium, Seoul Patrick Bourgo W20,000 members; W25,000 non-members plus price of baseball ticket

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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