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
Welcome to the ‘Land of Extremes': An Author Reflects on Writing About Korea Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Andrew Salmon Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
A study of the possible influence of Beijing drum song and Yangzhou xianci on Korean p’ansori Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Yeonok Jang Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
Recent Trends in the Return of Cultural Objects to their Countries of Origin: Implications for Korea Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm Lee Keun-Gwan, Professor of Law, Seoul National University Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members

Upcoming Excursions

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Gangneung Excursion Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 5:00pm City of Gangneung (Kangnŭng), Province of Gangwon-Do (Kangwŏn-Do) Mr. Peter Bartholomew W258,000 for members and W309,000 for non-members
Old Gunsan: Exploring the Remains of Colonial Korea Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00am to 9:00pm Gunsan, North Jeolla Province Robert Koehler 60,000 won for members and 72,000 won for non-members
WALKING THROUGH JOSEON (Chosŏn) DYNASTY SEOUL Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:30pm in Seoul Mr. Peter Bartholomew W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
Guided Tour of the Cultural and Scenic Splendor of Western Jiri-san Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:00am to Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 7:00pm Jirisan and Namwon (North Jeolla Province) David Mason 299,000W for members and 359,000W for non-members
Gilsang-sa Temple and the Korea Furniture Museum Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:45am to 4:00pm Seongbuk-gu, Seoul Mr. Song-Hyon Jang KRW 35,000 for members and KRW 42,000 for non-members
Geumsan-sa & the Eunjin Mireuk Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:00am to 7:30pm Jeollabukdo (or North Jeolla Province) Brother Anthony 70,000W for members and 84,000W for non-members
Jeong-dong Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Seoul Matt VanVolkenburg W20,000 for members and W25,000 for non-members
Joseon Tea Masters: Haenam and Gangjin Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 8:00am to Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 8:00pm South Jeolla Province Brother Anthony W238,000 for members and W285,000 for non-members
SONGNISAN NATIONAL PARK & BEOPCHUSA Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 8:00am to 8:00pm North Chungcheong Province (Chungcheongbuk-do) Sue J. Bae W57,000 for members and W69,000 for non-members
CITY SHOPPING SPREE Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:30am to 6:30pm Various places in Seoul Sue J. Bae W32,000 for members and W38,400 for non members

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Christian Building, Daehangno 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-736
(CPO Box 255, Seoul, Korea 100-602)
[110-736] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동 ) 한국기독교회관 611호실

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

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