Clubs & Groups

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

Click on the name to go to the Facebook link for a schedule of events. Meetings are held at lunch time for working people with little time but a lot of interest in Korea. Meet the group at noon, inside Dunkin Donuts next to Deoksugung Palace (Daehanmun).

Refer to map

The date and topic of our 37th B&C Meeting is as follows: 

- Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
- Venue:  (click on above "RAS - Business & Culture Club" hot link)

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.


Our next meeting: Contact Jennifer Flinn via the RASKB Cuisine Face Book page.


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. Titles will follow. 

October 11, Wednesday, 6:50 PM - Beautiful Sharing - a free, guided tour of historical invauable items donated by various citizens that give evidence to Korea's remarkable contemporary history. 

December 13 Wednesday, 6:50 PM- to be announced

For details on the closest exhibit to date, click on the above "Visits to the Nationall Museum of Korean Contemporary History" hot link.


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.  
Workshop on Landscape Photography starts on Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm
Tom will be conducting most of these popular workshops at his studio overlooking the Blue House on the slope of Inwangsan and elsewhere.  
The content of the workshops will vary from the basics to fairly advanced topics.  Each workshop is discreet in its topic matter and selected by participants’ interests.  Monthly photo assignments will be given and reviewed at each following workshop.
The participation donation, payable in cash at each workshop, is W60,000 with RASKB members receiving a W10,000 discount per workshop.

For more details and required RSVPs, please contact Tom Coyner at and/or by phone at 010-9099-6195.

                                       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)

Monday, September 4 at 7:00 at the Jongno District Office Library. We will be reading "Nakdong-gang" by Cho Myong-Hui.

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

This story is available online, so you can find it on our Facebook page.  

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. 
September Presentation
Date & Time: Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm
Speaker & Topic:  Boudewijn Walraven:  "Practicing Buddhism in the Mid-Nineteenth Century"
Venue: Grand Conference Room (Room number 310), of the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University *
The study of late Chosŏn Buddhism (roughly 1600-1900) has long been neglected by researchers. Recently the situation has much improved, and there is also more attention to practice as opposed to doctrinal studies. In this talk, which is very much a report on work in progress, I will talk about this change and particularly about a greater concern with what a recent book by Fabio Rambelli calls "Buddhist Materiality." My personal interest is above how certain objects functioned in the relations between clergy and ordinary believers. The focus of attention will be a large print dating back to 1857, for which the woodblock was carved at Pongŭnsa, that depicts a rosary (yŏmju) with 108 beads and assigns a particular meaning to each of them.
Boudewijn Walraven is a retired Professor of Korean Studies of Leiden University and presently attached to the Academy of East Asian Studies of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul.
* 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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