Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RAS-KB), after a dozen 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 2~10, 20191

We are working on a

  • One-week tour "In the Footsteps of the Buddha" in northern India.

This excursion will experience northern India culture and scenery while visiting the early landmarks of Buddhism. Specific details will soon be forthcoming.

The one-month Special RAS Korea Book Sale of both popular and eclectic books in English on Korea begins Oct. 10th! Go to the "Special Book Sale!" hot link found under the "Upcoming Excursions/Visits" heading below.

Upcoming Lectures

Date Title Lecturer Venue Admission
Thursday, October 25, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Russian Public Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula: Focusing on the Early Soviet Diplomacy Activities in Colonial Korea Janna Ballod, Ph.D. Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310 Free
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Korea's Extreme Metal Underground Ian Henderson Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 (non-members), W5,000 (students with student ID), free for members
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
North Korea's Diplomatic Relations with Britain (2000~2018) David A. Tizzard Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 non-members, W5,000 (students with ID); free for members
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

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Inner & South Seoraksan Autumn Foliage (Deadline Oct. 19!) Saturday, October 27, 2018 -
8:00am to 8:00pm
Seoraksan, Gangwondo Sue Bae Members: W79,000; Non-members: W89,000
Southern Seoul's City of Metal walking tour Saturday, November 10, 2018 -
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Mullae-dong, Seoul Ian Henderson and Jon Dunbar W20,000 for members; W25,000 for non-members
The Country They Have All Dreamed Of Wednesday, November 21, 2018 -
6:45pm to 8:30pm
Mueseum of Contempory History Matt VanVolkenburg Free
In the Footsteps of the Buddha, N. India (½ seats gone!)
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:45pm to Monday, February 11, 2019 - 6:00am
Deli and Northern India Tom Coyner Variable

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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