Clubs & Groups

RAS - Business & Culture Club
The Business and Culture Club meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Click on the name to go to the Facebook link for a schedule of events. Meetings are held at lunch time for working people with little time but a lot of interest in Korea. Meet the group at noon, inside Dunkin Donuts next to Deoksugung Palace (Daehanmun).

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The date and topic of our 35th B&C Meeting is as follows: 

- Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
- Topic: Royal Tombs & Gwangtonggyo Bridge 


NEW!! RASKB Cuisine Club


The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is pleased to announce a new addition to our existing programs and social outings:  The RASKB Cuisine Club.  The purpose of this club is to bring together members and friends to experience the best of Korean cuisine, from cooking to eating.  With this new social organization alongside our existing Business Club, we will explore food from all corners of the peninsula, and beyond.

The group will meet on a monthly basis at local restaurants, cooking schools, and other spots of culinary interest, combining good food and good company.  Our first meeting will be held starting at 7:30pm Thursday, April 13th at Jeondaegamdek (전대감댁: 184 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul), a makgeolli house with a wide variety of savory pancakes and other dishes meant to accompany alcohol.  

To get to Jeondaegamdek, use exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Station (orange line 3).  Take a left at the first alley, just before the Paris Baguette, and walk approximately 100 meters.  The restaurant will be on your right - look for a wooden sign with Korean letters.  

To join us, please send an email to with your name, contact information, and how many people will be in your party so that we can make accurate reservations. The final bill will be equally split between all attendees.


Visits to the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

These visits comprise of 2 parts: the first part is a short walk through the exhibit, followed by the second part which is usually a presentation and a Q&A session on a related topic of the exhibit. This year, visits will be held on the following dates. Titles will follow. 

Wednesday, April 19: Coming Home After 67 Years – A Joint Exhibition by the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History and the Agency for Killed-in-Action (KIA) Recovery & Identification, Ministry of National Defense (MND)


July 19

September 20

December 13


For details of the exhibit, click on the title above. 





RAS Photography Workshops
RAS Korea has arranged with “Blue Dalmatian Photography” to offer a series of in-depth “RAS Photo Workshops.”

For the third time, the RASKB is offering Photo Workshops by long-term RASKB member Tom Coyner.  During these monthly workshops, we will address the following questions:
  • Is photography one of your greatest or most recent interests?  
  • Do you wonder how you may improve your images?
  • Are you curious just how some people’s photos are often better than your own?
  • Would you like to understand some of the cultural as well technical aspects of travel and portrait photography?
  • Would you like to spend two hours each month with like-minded people?
If you answer any of the above questions in the affirmative, we may have created something special for you.  The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is offering a series of photography workshops for the third time, starting on Saturday, April 15th, 4:00 pm.  Tom will be conducting these popular workshops at his studio overlooking the Blue House on the slope of Inwangsan and elsewhere.  
The content of the workshops will vary from the basics to fairly advanced topics.  Each workshop is discreet in its topic matter and selected by participants’ interests.  Monthly photo assignments will be given and reviewed at each following workshop.
The participation donation, payable in cash at each workshop, is W60,000 with RASKB members receiving a W10,000 discount per workshop.

For more details and required RSVPs, please contact Tom Coyner at and/or by phone at 010-9099-6195.







The group discusses a Korean short story in English translation each month, in the Library of Jongno District Office behind the American Embassy (see below)

Due to all the holidays the first week of May, our next meeting will be Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jongno District Office Library. We will be reading "In the Mood for Love" by Gu Hyo-seo.

This story is available online, so you can find it on our Facebook page. 

Email Patrick at for more information.

Directions for the Jongno District Office (Reading Club Location)

(종로구청) "작은도서관 삼봉서랑 

1. Go out exit 2 of Gwanghwamun station, walk straight and make the first right before the American Embassy.

2. Walk straight, past the little rotary.

3. On your left, you will see the Jongro District office. Right before it there will be the parking lot entrance/exit.

4. Go into the parking lot and walk to the back of the main, building and you will see the entrance as pictured below.


Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehangno 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

Office is open Tuesday through Friday. We are short staffed: please call or email before your visit.
Phone (02) 763-9483 FAX (02) 766-3796
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