Clubs & Groups

RAS - Business & Culture Club
The Business and Culture Club meets monthly on the 3rd working Tuesday noon of each month. 

The date and topic of our 39th B&C Meeting are as follows: 

Date: Tuesday, November 21 at 11:50 AM - 2 PM

Location: Bosingak Pavilion at Jonggak Station (Exit 4)
  • Event: Bell Ringing Event

The  RAS - Business & Culture Club will visit "Bosingak Pavilion" to participate in a Bell Ringing Event. After the bell ringing event, Mr. Shin will explain the meaning of Bosingak Pavilion such as the Center of Seoul and 5 directions (elements). And then we will move to the mural painting of King Jeongjo's parade" related to Royal Tombs at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

For your information, this time we will meet in front of Boshingak Pavillion, not at the Dunkin Donuts.

Click on the name to go to our Facebook page for a schedule of events. Meetings are held at lunch time for working people with little time but a lot of interest in Korea. (We normally meet  just before noon, inside Dunkin Donuts next to Deoksugung Palace (Daehanmun).)

(Refer to map for events that meet at Dunkin' Donuts, next to the main entrance to Deoksu-gung, across the street from City Hall.)


RASKB Cuisine Club



The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is pleased to announce a new addition to our existing programs and social outings:  The RASKB Cuisine Club.  The purpose of this club is to bring together members and friends to experience the best of Korean cuisine, from cooking to eating.  With this new social organization alongside our existing Business Club, we will explore food from all corners of the peninsula, and beyond.

The group will meet on a monthly basis at local restaurants, cooking schools, and other spots of culinary interest, combining good food and good company.  To join us, please go to the Cuisine Club Face Book page with your name, contact information, and how many people will be in your party so that we can make accurate reservations. The final bill will be equally split between all attendees.


Visits to the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

These visits comprise of 2 parts: the first is a short walk through the exhibit, followed by the second which is usually a presentation and a Q&A session on a related topic of the exhibit. This year, visits will be held on the following dates. 

Seoul 2002 Word Cup Korean Fan
©Tom Coyner

December 13, Wednesday, 6:50 PM - Mega Sports: Olympics, World Cup, etc. - a free, guided tour of historical invauable items donated by various citizens that give evidence to Korea's remarkable contemporary history. 
A no-charge, special guided tour, free sandwiches & beverages, followed by a special presentation/discussion.  If you wish to join us, please register your RSVP here.


(We are looking for a volunteer who may present on one or more of Korea's mega sports events.  The volunteer presenter needs to contact Tom Coyner at or phone him at 010-9099-6195by Friday, December 1st.  Failing to find a vounteer, Tom will give a presentation as an photographer covering the 2002 World Cup but from an Irish perspective.)


RAS Photography Workshops
RAS Korea has arranged with Onsite Studios to offer a series of in-depth “RAS Photo Workshops.”

For the third time, the RASKB is offering Photo Workshops by long-term RASKB member Tom Coyner.  During these monthly workshops, we will address the following questions:
  • Is photography one of your greatest or most recent interests?  
  • Do you wonder how you may improve your images?
  • Are you curious just how some people’s photos are often better than your own?
  • Would you like to understand some of the cultural as well technical aspects of travel and portrait photography?
  • Would you like to spend two hours each month with like-minded people?
If you answer any of the above questions in the affirmative, we may have created something special for you.  The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is offering a series of photography workshops for the third time.  

Christmas lights in front of the Lotte Department Store in northern Seoul

©Tom Coyner

Next Workshop to be scheduled in December.  Details to follow, later.
Frequently, Tom conducts most of these popular workshops at his studio overlooking the Blue House on the slope of Inwangsan and elsewhere.  

December Workshop
Date & Time: Saturday, December TBD
Topic: TBD
Trainer: Tom Coyner

Venue: See below map to studio, followed by outdoor workshop on Inwangsan mountain

Participation Fees:  W50,000 for RASKB members; W60,000 for non-members

RSVPS are required to allow proper preparation of handouts. To reserve your place, please click here.

Experienced photographers are encouraged to bring their tripods. Inexperienced photographers are welcome to just show up with their smartphones!

 Directions to Onsite Studios  (Photography Workshop Location)

You may board one of the green buses at the bust stop located north by 100 meters from of Exit 3 of Gyeongbok-gung Line 3 subway station.  They will get you to either to the indicated traffic light where you get off at “Gyeonggi Sang-go (경기상고)” bus stop, cross the boulevard, turn left and walk to small brick Chinese restaurant and take a right up the hill along Jahamun-ro 33 - or you will need to get off the bus immediately after it takes an early right turn to the entrance to “Gyongbok Gogyo (경복고교), where you have to double back one block, cross the boulevard and turn right, to the entrance of the street with the school yard corner and the small brick Chinese restaurant, where you turn up the hill, along Jahamun-ro 33.


The group discusses a Korean short stories in English translation each month, in the Library of Jongno District Office behind the American Embassy (see below).
Our next meeting will be Monday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jongno District Office Library.

This monthls reading is 'Mi in April, Sol in July' by Kim Yeon-su (translated by Brother Anthony of Taizé). 

The reading and additional details can be found in the Facebook group

Email Patrick at for more information.


Directions for the Jongno District Office (Reading Club Location)

(종로구청) "작은도서관 삼봉서랑 

1. Go out exit 2 of Gwanghwamun station, walk straight and make the first right before the American Embassy.

2. Walk straight, past the little rotary.

3. On your left, you will see the Jongro District office. Right before it there will be the parking lot entrance/exit.

4. Go into the parking lot and walk to the back of the main, building and you will see the entrance as pictured below.



Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

The Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies is jointly organized by the Seoul Center of the ÉFEO and the RASKB. Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed. 
November Presentation

Date & Time: Monday, November 20, 6:00 pm
Topic:  "Missionaries, Salvific Translation, and Korean Literary Modernity: James Scarth Gale’s Crusade against ‘Mongrel Korean’ at the Christian Literature Society, 1921-1927"
Speaker: Ross King
Venue: Grand Conference Room (Room  #310), of the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University *

This paper reviewed James Scarth Gale’s tenure at the Christian Literature Society and the conservative position that he and his ‘pundits’ took against (what they perceived) as newfangled and ‘mongrel’ forms of modern literary Korean in the translations being published by the Society. The key cases in question revolve around two works by Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Bottle Imp. It will be argued that Gale’s 1926 translation of the former was a reaction against Mrs. Underwood’s earlier translation from 1921, and will try to uncover the language (and other) ideologies behind the choices made by the translators.

Ross King earned his BA in Linguistics and Political Science from Yale College and his MA and PhD from Harvard in Linguistics. Currently he serves as Professor of Korean and Head of Department in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His main research interests are Korean historical linguistics, Korean dialectology (esp. the dialect(s) preserved by the ethnic Korean minority in Russia and the former USSR), the history of Korean linguistics (including the history of Korean linguistic thought in Korea and Korean linguistic and script nationalism), and the history of language, writing and literary culture in the ‘Sinographic Cosmopolis’ (漢字文化圈).

* From Korea University Station (Line 6), take Exit 1, go to the right, up the sloping walkway to the campus. Walk past the building with the Ilmin Museum (the first building you'll see almost in front of you, a little to the left), and continue walking straight up the hill until you reach the Asiatic Research Institute on the right. We will go somewhere for supper at the end of the colloquium. After 6 pm the front door of the Institute will be locked, so please try to arrive a little earlier. If the door is locked, please either wait for somone to come out or phone to Brother Anthony (010-8979-8301), so that we can let you into the building.

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 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
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