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!

Starting from Dec. 11, we have two volunteers serving our office to handle book sales, assist Library visitors, etc. Please look at the bottom of this page for exact office hours. In any case, we strongly advise to call ahead to the RAS Korea to confirm someone is in the office on the day of your intended visit.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Charles Lang Freer's Collecting of Korean Art in the Early 20th Century Charlotte Horlyck Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for student non-members; free for members
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Vibrant Matters: Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID card); free for members
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
50 years of Chollipo Arboretum Foundation: Past and Future Perspectives Yong-Shik Kim, Ph.D., FLS Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for Non-members; 5,000 won for Student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Reflections on Providing Humanitarian Aid in North Korea and other Authoritarian Settings Ms. Christy Gavitt Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members; 5,000 won for student non-members (with student ID card); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
56th B&C Club: Korean Culinary Culture Exhibition Hall Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Korea Tourism Organization - Seoul Center Mr. Jun YK Shin Free
Korean Literature Club: "the Utility of Landscapes" (by Kim Ae-ran, translated by Brother Anthony) Wednesday, July 31, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
North Terrace Cafe Basement, near Jongno 3-ga and Anguk Station Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
Dong Gang - Rafting tour Saturday, August 3, 2019 -
8:00am to 8:30pm
Through Gangwon Province Ms. Sue J. Bae 98,000won for members and 118,000won for non-members

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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