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, October 22, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Buddhism that Protects the Nation: The Hoguk Bulgyo Tradition Prof. David A. Mason Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Jejueo, Korea's endangered language Moira Saltzman Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 10,000won for non-members and 5,000won for student non-members (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Pimatgol: 'The Pompei[sic] of Seoul' Saturday, October 19, 2019 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
in Seoul Mr. Jon Dunbar 20,000won for members; 25,000won for non-members
'The Armageddon North of Seoul' - Battlefield Tour: Imjin River Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
8:00am to 6:00pm
Imjin river area Mr. Andrew Salmon 55,000won for Members and 66,000 for Non-members
Spooky Seoul Sunday, October 27, 2019 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Yonsei East Gate area - Dongnimmun - Seodaemun Prison - Gyeonghui Palace - Gwanghwamun/Cheonggyecheon area Ms. Jennifer Flinn 23,000won for members; 28,000won for non-members
Defining Korean Modernity's Literary Space - a reading of Pak Taewon's A Day of in the Life of Kubo the Novelist (소설가 구보씨의 일일) Thursday, October 31, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Simon Kim Free
[Special Event] RAS Open House Saturday, November 2, 2019 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
RAS Korea Branch Office Council Members Free
Excursion to SUWON - Country Palace and (Fortress) City Walls Sunday, November 3, 2019 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Suwon, Gyeonggi Province Mr. Peter Bartholomew 43,000won for members; 51,000won for non-members
Ganghwa Island Shinmiyangyo Excursion Saturday, November 9, 2019 -
8:45am to 7:00pm
Ganghwa-do Dr. Thomas Duvernay 55,000won for members and 66,000won for non-members

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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