Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RASKB), founded in 1900, is the oldest organization in Korea specially designed to introduce people to the beauty of this land in all its many aspects.

The RASKB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history 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. Members are also invited to our annual Garden Party.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Making Records of All Kinds of Korean Music, 1906: The Earliest Commercial Korean Music Recordings and Their Historical Significance Jihoon Suk Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (student ID checked at the door); free for members
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Asian Beliefs: How Chinese Zodiac Signs Affect Women Maija Rhee Devine 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, February 27, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Understanding the Importance of Classifying Old Maps of Korea Henny Savenije, PhD 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, March 13, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Korean War Remembered: An international perspective Prof. Michael Devine 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
Medieval Bhutan 2018 (New Openings!)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:15pm to Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:30am
Central Bhutan Tom Coyner US$2545 for shared occupancy & US$2835 for single occupancy *
Old Gunsan: Exploring the Remains of Colonial Korea Saturday, March 3, 2018 -
7:00am to 7:00pm
Gunsan, Cholla Robert Koehler 45,000W for members and 60,000W for non-members

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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