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, June 18, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
How Korea Created and then Destroyed the Martial Sport of Taekwondo Dr. Steven D. Capener Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for student non-members (with Student ID); free for members
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Korea during the 1880's through 1910: Modernisation and Reforms Mr. Peter Bartholomew Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members; free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Korean Peace Bonanza: An Economic Case for Settling the Korean Issue Thursday, May 23, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Dr. Lonnie EDGE Free
Cool Gangneung Saturday, May 25, 2019 -
8:15am to 9:45pm
Gangneung city old downtown Mr. Robert Koehler 60,000won for members and 72,000won for non-members (not incl. meals)
Korean Literature Club: "North Station" by Bae Suah (translated by Deborah Smith) Thursday, May 30, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
North Terrace Cafe Yonjoo Hong, Brother Anthony Free
Temple Stay at Ancient Asian Woodblock Museum
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 3:00pm
Myeongju temple in Wonju Ms. Lissa Miner W115,000 for members and W138,000 for non-members
Songnisan National Park and Beopjusa Saturday, June 22, 2019 -
8:30am to 8:30pm
North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do) Ms. Sue J. Bae W70,000 for members and W84,000 for non-members (Meal not incl.)

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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