Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RASKB), founded in 1900, is the oldest organization in Korea specially designed to introduce people to the beauty of this land in all its many aspects.

The RASKB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history 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 professions, 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. Members are also invited to our annual Garden Party.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Lecturer Venue Admission
Exploring the People, Culture, and History of China’s Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Michael Spavor Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
Exploring the Culture, History, and People of China's "Third Korea" - the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Michael Spavor Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
How did North Korea's rich and powerful live under Kim Il Sung, how do they live now? Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Andrei Lankov Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
God Pictures: Korean Shaman Paintings Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Laurel Kendall, Jongsung Yang, Yul Soo Yoon Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members
A Conversation With the Iconic K.W. (Kyung Won) Lee Return of a Prodigal Son to the Land of Everlasting Hahn* Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm KW Lee Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
(confirmed) Visit SUWON - Country Palace and Fortress City Walls Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 6:00pm Suwon, Kyonggi Province Mr. Peter Bartholomew W40,000 for members, and W48,000 for non-members
Special Tour of the spectacular Yeongsan-jae Buddhist Ceremony At Bongwon-sa, one of Seoul’s Greatest Temples Monday, June 6, 2016 - 8:45am to 12:00pm North of the Han River, in Seoul David Mason 20,000W for members and 25,000W for non-members
Gangneung Excursion Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 6:00pm Gangneung, Gangwon Province Peter Bartholomew 205,000W for members and 246,000W for non-members

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehangno 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
왕립아세아학회한국지부
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Monday through Friday except Wednesday. We are short staffed: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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