The Korea Branch of the RAS was born in June 1900, when 17 men met to form a branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain. These founding members were missionaries and diplomats who were interested in forming a society where they could share and deepen their knowledge of Korea and the Far East. The RASKB has been meeting and growing ever since, only ceasing to function during the Pacific War (1941-5) and the Korean War (1950-3). Its membership soon grew to include gold miners, doctors, adventurers, business people, teachers, men and women, Koreans as well as foreigners.
Click here to read about the early years of the RASKB.
Click here to read a survey of the history of the RASKB's first century.
Today the RASKB has several hundred members in Korea as well as many overseas members and friends. Members are from a great variety of professions and jobs, they include both non-Koreans and Koreans. In addition to free admission to the lectures, members receive discounts on RASKB excursions and books, and a free copy of the annual journal Transactions. Members also receive an emailed newsletter listing upcoming cultural excursions, lectures and other information.
- Brother Anthony, President (email: ansonjae (at) sogang.ac.kr )
- Suzanne Crowder Han, Vice-President
- Jacco Zwetsloot, Treasurer
- Jennifer Flinn, Secretary
Directions to RASKB:
The RAS Korea office is located on the 6th floor of the Korean Christian Building (Hanguk Kidokyo Haekuan),
Room 611. 136-46, Yeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea.
If coming by subway, take the Dark Blue Line 1 to Jongno 5 ga station (#129). Proceed out exit 2 and continue walking north 100 meters. (Note: The building is just past the Dunkin’ Donuts shop and has a Hellas coffee shop in the lobby)
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