RAS Korea offers a couple lectures in most months, and excursions when the weather is willing. We also have various special interest groups.



We host regular English-language lectures by respected figures on various aspects of Korean culture and history. All are welcome.

RAS Korea members: free entry
Non-members: 10,000 won
Students: 5,000 won (upon presenting valid student ID)

New membership registration is available at lectures, at which point entry to the lecture is free.

Lectures are held in the Residents’ Lounge on the second floor of the Somerset Palace, Seoul.  They typically run from 7:30 to 9:00, and attendees usually go out for Korean food and makgeolli afterward.


** List of upcoming lectures.

** List of RAS Korea lectures (2001-2020)

** List of RAS Korea lectures (1958-2000)


Cultural Excursions

Royal Asiatic Society Korea conducts educational and fun excursions to cultural, historical and scenic spots throughout Korea, led by exceptionally knowledgeable guides. View a list of upcoming excursions.

Prices differ according to individual excursions. Due to both the popularity of our excursions and preparation requirements, we ask would-be participants to register for excursions by the deadline specified for each tour.

An RAS Korea member can bring 1-2 non-members as their guests on an excursion at the member’s discount rate once. Those guests pay the full non-members’ rates on subsequent excursions until they become members.

Children through high school age brought on excursions are charged 75% of their parents’ rate.

View our terms and conditions.


Special Interest Groups

We offer the Colloquium in Korean Studies, as well as the Korean Literature Club and the Business and Culture Club. View a list of RAS Korea groups.