Get some culture with the Royal Asiatic Society- Korea Branch


Hi Seoulites, I wanted to let you know about the Royal Asiatic Society. It is a great place to meet scholars (ie smart people) and you’ll learn about Korea at the same time. Here are some of their upcoming events.


Welcome to the Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch

The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RASKB), founded in 1900, is the oldest organization in Korea specially designed to introduce people to the beauty of this land in all its many aspects.The RASKB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history 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 professions, anyone with a sense of adventure and a bit of intellectual curiosity is welcome. Come and join us! Members receive a free copy of ourTransactions and can use our library. Members are also invited to our annual Garden Party.

Upcoming Lectures


Date Lecturer Venue Admission
Crusader for Korea: Homer B. Hulbert Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7:30pm to9:00pm Mr. DongJin (DJ) Kim Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members
The Long-Forgotten World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Korea Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:30pm to9:00pm Jacco Zwetsloot Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace 7,000 won (non-member); free for members



Upcoming Excursions

Date Destination(s) Tour Leader Cost
*LUNAR NEW YEAR EXCURSION* Seorak-San National Park & Waterpia Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 8:00am toMonday, February 11, 2013 – 8:30pm Seorak-San National Park & Waterpia Excursion Ms Sue Bae W248,000 for members and W278,000 for non-members
Korean War Remains and Migratory Birds in Cheorwon Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 9:00am to7:30pm Cheorwon, Gangwon-do Mr. Robert Koehler W39,000 for members or W46,800 for non-members
KILN TOUR -Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 9:00am to6:30pm Korean Pottery & Porcelain in Icheon Area Ms Sue Bae W39,000 for members or W46,800 for non-members.
INDEPENDENCE DAY TOUR: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:00am to8:00pm HYONCH’UNG-SA, ONYANG FOLK MUSEUM & INDEPENDENCE HALL TOUR Sue Bae W37,000 for members and W44,400 for non-members
A visit to a famous performer and composer of traditional Korean music: Kim Young-Jae Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 4:45pm to 9:00pm Music studio near Hongik University Free for members, 7,000 won for non-members




Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007,, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (, which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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