Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RAS-KB), after a dozen 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!

We thank the 180 members and their guests for attending the 2018 Garden Party (June 9 at UK Ambassador's Residence), making it one of the largest and most successful events in recent years. During three hours of fellowship, while sharing plentiful beverages and food, new relations were formed and old friendships were reaffirmed. We are not only the world's first Korean Studies organization, we are also a society of friends and acquaintances.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Rewriting Korean History: How Korea got its History Wrong Mark Peterson, Ph.D. Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Korea's Extreme Metal Underground Ian Henderson Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 (non-members), W5,000 (students with IDs), free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Ganghwa-do Extended Tour (Confirmed) Saturday, September 1, 2018 -
8:30am to 7:30pm
Ganghwa-do & Seongmo-do islands Sue Bae W48,000 members W58,000 non-members
Icheon Pottery Experience Saturday, September 8, 2018 -
8:30am to 6:30pm
Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Sue Bae Members: W50,000, Non-members: W60,000; Pottery course: W20,000
Architecture in Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong Saturday, September 22, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Daehangno, Hyehwa-dong Robert J. Fouser W20,000 members; W25,000 non-members
Exploring Korea University & Nearby Neighborhoods Saturday, October 6, 2018 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Top of Exit #2 of Hansung University station (Line 4) Robert J. Fouser W20,000 members; W25,000 non-members
Mullae Metal City walking tour Saturday, November 10, 2018 -
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Mullae-dong, Seoul Ian Henderson and Jon Dunbar W20,000 for members; W25,000 for non-members

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[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
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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