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, November 19, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Weddings without Marriage: Same-Sex Love across South Korean History A.Prof. Todd A. Henry (History, UCSD) 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, December 17, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Adventures in Subtitling: The Challenges and Complexities of Making English Subtitles for Korean Films Mr. Darcy Paquet Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
North Korean students in the Hungarian revolution and freedom fight in 1956 HE Mózes Csoma (Ambassador of Hungary) 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
Gyeongnidan-gil & Haebangchon Walking Tour Saturday, November 16, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Gyeongnidan-gil, Haebangchon, Huamdong Mr. Robert Koehler 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members (dinner/drinks not included)
59th RAS B&C Club: The New Seosomun Park Tuesday, November 19, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Seosomun Park Mr. Jon Dunbar Free
"The Sacred Shrines of Benevolent King Mountain" - Sajik Park and Inwang-san Shamanic Shrines Walking Tour Sunday, November 24, 2019 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Sajik Park & Mt. Inwang Prof. David A. Mason 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members (lunch is not included)
Temple Stay at Ancient Asian Woodblock Museum
Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm
Myeongju temple in Wonju Ms. Cheryl Magnant W135,000 for members and W157,000 for non-members
Korean Literature Club: "The Descendants of Cain" by Hwang Sun-won (trans. Suh Ji-moon) Wednesday, December 4, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
B1, North Terrace Cafe Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
Three Generations of Poetic Dissent: Kim Jiha, Park Nohae, Song Kyong-dong Thursday, December 5, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Brother Anthony Free

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 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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