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!

  • Please mark your calendar: February 2~12, 2019!

We are offering a

  • Lunar New Year week tour of "The Taj Mahal and Early Buddhism" in northern India.

This excursion will experience northern India culture and scenery, including the Taj Mahal and sunrise cruise on the Ganges, while visiting the early landmarks of Buddhism. Specific details will soon be forthcoming. Many veterans of past RAS Korea overseas excursions have already reserved their places.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Thursday, November 15, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Pioneering Business in North Korea 1993-4 Tony Michell Korea University Free
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Amazing Story of Korea's Industrialization Development (WEDNESDAY) Ahn Yongok, Ph.D. Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 won (non-member); W5,000 for students; free for members
Thursday, November 29, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
November Korean Literature Club Brother Anthony, Yonjoo Hong North Terrace book-cafe free

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
The Country They Have All Dreamed Of (Spaces Filled) Wednesday, November 21, 2018 -
6:45pm to 8:30pm
Mueseum of Contempory History Matt VanVolkenburg Free
Exploring the trace of the American Expedition to Korea in 1871 Saturday, November 24, 2018 -
9:00am to 7:30pm
Ganghwa-do Thomas Duvernay, Ph.D. W69,000 Members; W79,000 Non-members
(Confirmed) Taj Mahal & Early Buddhism in N. India (RSVPs required NOW)
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:45pm to Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 5:00am
Taj Mahal & Northern India Tom Coyner Variable - now reduced!

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
Email - royalasiatickorea@gmail.com

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