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!

Starting from Dec. 11, we have two volunteers serving our office to handle book sales, assist Library visitors, etc. Please look at the bottom of this page for exact office hours. In any case, we strongly advise to call ahead to the RAS Korea to confirm someone is in the office on the day of your intended visit.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Vibrant Matters: Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours Dr. Robert Winstanley-Chesters Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID card); free for members
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
50 years of Chollipo Arboretum Foundation: Past and Future Perspectives Yong-Shik Kim, Ph.D., FLS Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for Non-members; 5,000 won for Student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Reflections on Providing Humanitarian Aid in North Korea and other Authoritarian Settings Ms. Christy Gavitt Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members; 5,000 won for student non-members (with student ID card); free for members
Friday, October 11, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Ingenious Designer Sejong: The Hidden Code Used in Designing Hangeul Prof. Sang Oak Lee 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, October 22, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Buddhism that Protects the Nation: The Hoguk Bulgyo Tradition Prof. David A. Mason Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Cheongpyeong Lake Cruise Excursion Saturday, August 31, 2019 -
8:30am to 7:30pm
Cheongpyeong lake Ms. Sue J. Bae W82,000 for members and W97,000 for non-members
Seochon: Ten Years of Change Sunday, September 1, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Seochon neighborhood in Seoul Dr. Robert J. Fouser 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members
Korean Literature Club: "The Crane" (by Hwang Sun-wŏn, translated by Brother Anthony) Wednesday, September 4, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
B1, North Terrace Cafe Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
Walking the Old Gyeongui Line Saturday, September 21, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Gyeongui Line Forest Park in Seoul Dr. Robert Fouser 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members (dinner/drinks not included)
Andong Gourmet Trip
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Andong in North Gyeongsang Province Ms. Veronica Kang (Gastro Tour Seoul) & Jennifer Flinn KRW370,000 for members; KRW430,000 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 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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