Clubs & Groups

RAS - Business & Culture Club
The Business and Culture Club meets monthly on the 3rd working 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).

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The date and topic of our 38th & 39th B&C Meeting are as follows: 

- Dates: Tuesday, October 24 and November 21, 2017
- Venue:  (click on above "RAS - Business & Culture Club" hot link)
- Events: Wongudan Heavenly Alter on Oct. 24 (Tue) and participate in the Bell Tolling Event at Bosingak Pavilion on Nov. 21 (Tue).

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: October 26, 7:30 pm at UnNi Sarangbang traditional restauant. (서울특별시 종로구 운니동 45-1 | Phone: 02-742-3633) Experience traditional Korean food in a han'ok but with a new elegance along with superior traditional Korean beverages rarely found in Seoul. The cost to this superior restaurant is largely subsidized by Seoul Metro Government. The price is only W10,000 per person!  

There are only 20 seats available and are going fast on a first come, first served basis.

To learn more about the restaurant, go to

Reservations are required; sign up at RASKB Cuisine Face Book page or go directly to the signup page by clicking here!


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 or Chemulpo (Incheon), about 1902

(Confirmed) October 25, 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. 
A no-charge, special guided tour, free sandwiches & beverages, followed by a special historical photographs presentation/discussion with historian Robert Neff.  For details, click here.


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 21, 1:30 pm
Frequently, Tom will be conducting most of these popular workshops at his studio overlooking the Blue House on the slope of Inwangsan and elsewhere.  

October Workshop
Date & Time: Sunday, October 22, 1:30 pm
Topic: Principles of Great Landscapes
Trainer: Tom Coyner

Venue: 2nd floor of the ClubEspresso1990 coffee shop *(… - Tel:02-764-8719; 132 Changuimun-ro) in Buam-dong, Jongro-gu).
              Followed by field photography in nearby Baeksashil nature reserve.

Participation Fees: W60,000 for general public; W50,000 for RASKB members

RSVPS are required to allow proper preparation of handouts. To reserve your place, please email your RSVP by emailing

This coming workshop will take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather by us studying landscape photography. We will focus on what makes a great landscape photograph rather than simply walking with disappoint photographs after visiting a beautiful natural setting.

At the coffee shop, we will review the basic principles of Landscape Photography. Participants will be given detailed handouts on taking landscape photographs.

We will then hike to near-by Baeksashil nature reserve, which is located below the Buggak Skyway, to practice those photographic principles. ”Baeksashil” (you probably won’t find it even labeled on a map, is the western part of the mountainous Samchong Park complex). It was once the summer nature retreat of a Joseun Period prime minister. A stream flows past the architectural remains to a picturesque temple - offering great nature and landscape photography possibilities.

* From Gyeongbokgung Station (Orange Line 3), take Exit 3, go straight and board large green bus numbers 1020, 7022 or 7212. After cresting the hill, get off at "Buam-dong Community Center, Mugyewon" (부암동주민센터. 무게원) bus stop. Walk back, up the hill 100 meters, cross the street to the the landmark corner coffeeshop, ClubExpresso1990. We will be on the second floor. 

Since we will be doing a fair amount of hiking, good walking or hiking shoes are recommended. 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 - not used during October)

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, Novermber 6 at 7:00.  at the Jongno District Office Library. We will be discussing the short story, “Blooms of Mold” by Ha Seung-nan.This story is available online at

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. 
October Presentation

Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm
Topic:   "The Second Manchu Invasion in the Modern Word: The Thucydides Trap and G2"
Speaker: Thomas Quartermain
Venue: Grand Conference Room (Room  #310), of the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University*

* 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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