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, March 10, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
[[CANCELLED]] 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, April 7, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
SAMSUNG RISING Geoffrey Cain Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Practicing Korean Traditional Archery In-Souk Cho 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
[[CANCELLED]] Seodaemun Prison and the Independence Movement Saturday, March 7, 2020 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Seodaemun Prison History Hall, Dilkusha, Gyeongyojang Matt VanVolkenburg 23,000won for members; 28,000won for non-members
[[CANCELLED]] Korean Literature Club - "Romantic Tales from Old Korea" (Compiled by BRomrother Anthony of Taize) Thursday, March 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
North Terrace Cafe, near Anguk or Jongno-3ga station Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
[Special Lecture in Pyeong Taek] Nodaji: American Gold Miners in 19th Century Korea Wednesday, March 18, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pascucci Café (2F) at Capitolium in Anjeongshopping-ro (Camp Humphreys) in PyeongTaek Robert Neff 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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