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, April 23, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
An American Gold Miner in 19th Century Korea Robert D. Neff Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
From Shanghai to North Korea and the Korean War - Story of my Generation Young-ok Ahn, Ph.D. Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Moving toward Korean as a "Cultural Experience Language" Dr. Robert Fouser Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members

Upcoming Excursions/Visits

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
Korean Literature Club: "At Dusk" by Hwang Sok-yong (translated by Sora Kim-Russell) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Literature Translation Institute of Korea (한국문학번역원) Yonjoo Hong & Brother Anthony Free
Changsin-dong Walking Tour Sunday, April 28, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Changsin-dong area, near Hansung U. Robert Fouser, Ph.D. W20,000 for members; W25,000 for non-members
Gilsangsa Temple and the Korean Stone Art Museum: Seoul's hidden healing spots Saturday, May 11, 2019 -
11:30am to 4:00pm
Gilsangsa temple & the Korean Stone Art Museum Mr. Song-Hyon Jang W25,000 for members; W30,000 for non-members (including the museum admittance fee)
Color and Pageantry in Seoul's Temples on Buddha's Birthday Sunday, May 12, 2019 -
1:00pm to 9:00pm
Temples in Seoul area Jeremy Seligson W40,000 for members; W49,000 for non-members
54th RAS B&C Club: Donuimun Museum Village Tuesday, May 21, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Donuimun Museum Village Jon Dunbar Free

Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
왕립아세아학회한국지부
[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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