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 Lecturer Venue Admission
South Korea's Lost Decade Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Alastair Gale Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
The Foreign Disturbance of 1866: Revisiting the successful expedition and the failed invasion of the French Navy in Chosŏn Korea Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Pierre-Emmanuel Roux Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
A conversation with Krys Lee, author of “How I Became a North Korean” Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Krys Lee Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
From the First Tram to Korea’s Modern Day Transport System Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Andy Tebay and Nikola Medimorec Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Paradise lost of two Korean Americans: Alice Hyun and Wellington Chung, crushed by cold war regimes Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Byung Joon Jung and Vladimir Hlasny 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

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
(confirmed) Walking Tour: Korea's Native Faiths and Gods Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Anglican Church of Korea (대한성공회), Imperial Temple and Altar of Heaven (Hwangudan, 환구단), the original site of Jeongnueng Royal Tomb (정릉터) & Kwangtong Bridge (광통교), Bosingak Pavilion (보신각), Seung Dong Presbyterian Church (승동교회), etc Jun Y.K. SHIN 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
A Journey into Korea's Scenic South: Tongyoung, Hallyo Sudo (waterway) and Geojedo Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:30am to Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 8:30pm South Gyeongsang Province Sue J. Bae 268,000KRW - 321,600KRW
Hongdae Streets Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm in Seoul Jon Dunbar 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Cultural and Scenic Splendor of Eastern Jiri-san Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 6:00am to 7:00pm Jirisan, Jeolla Province David Mason 110,000W for members & 132,000W for non-members
CHEONG-PYEONG BOAT EXCURSION Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 8:00am to 7:30pm Chuncheon, Gangwon Province Sue J. Bae 80,000 - 96,000W
Land of Exile: Gangjin and Haenam Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 8:00pm South Jeolla Province Brother Anthony W248,000 for members and W297,600 for non-members
Bhutan 2017 Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 8:15pm to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 8:00am Bhutan Tom Coyner 2783.00USD (shared occupancy) - 3007.00USD (single occupancy)*

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehangno 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
왕립아세아학회한국지부
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Monday through Friday except Wednesday. We are short staffed: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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