The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being, and being at least 21 years of age (exeception for a Lewis). Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification and who are of good repute. To join and become a Freemason, one must ask a Freemason; hence 2b1ask1.

About Freemasonry

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies and which originated in Scotland. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas. These remain substantially the same form used in Scottish stonemasons lodges, and use Scottish stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. The one essential qualification means that Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects and encourages them to continue to follow their own faith. It is not permitted for Freemasons to discuss religion at Masonic meetings.

The Three Great Principles are:

  1. Brotherly Love
  2. Relief
  3. Truth

Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbour through charity and service. None of these ideas is exclusively Masonic, but all should be universally acceptable. Freemasons are expected to follow them.

Lodge Meeting Nights

Basically, Lodge members and guests come together every week on Thursday. Regular Lodge meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7pm. Members typically begin to show around 5 or 5:30 pm. We commonly refer to Thursdays that have no Regular Meeting as Harmony Nights or "Off Thursdays". If that all seems confusing, just show up on any given Thursday around 5:30pm and meet the Brethren.

Lodge Tartan

On 6 February 1979, Brother Leland replied to Grand Lodge that the tartan of Harry S. Truman Lodge #1727 would be Black Watch, likely due to the military based founding of the Lodge. Black Watch Tartan has a few different variations (see below). The one worn by most of the Brethren is the Black Watch Modern Dress. We generally buy bolts of material from a merchant in Hong Kong, located at the Western Market. The pattern code is 1043, just tell him that when you get there so they can find it. You'll see that he has a lot if cloth. The western market is well known to any cab driver. He was last located on the second floor at the end. Nobody has ever been able to find a supplier in Korea.

Lodge Brochure

Truman Lodge Brochure


If you are interested in joining Truman Lodge, please send us an email to: 2b1ask1@trumanlodge1727.com

Getting Here

If you're visiting for the first time, feel free to email us at: 2b1ask1@trumanlodge1727.com for assistance. Also, check the directions page for turn-by-turn instructions.

Payment of Dues

If you're in arrears on Lodge dues, please contact us at treasurer@trumanlodge1727.com and/or secretary@trumanlodge1727.com to arrange payment and return to good standing. Alternatively, you may use PayPal to make your payment.


Truman Lodge #1727 is a Scottish Constituted Lodge chartered by The Grand Lodge of Scotland and governed by the District Grand Lodge of the Far East. Truman Lodge was founded Saturday, 8 December 1979.  The ceremony was carried out by the Right Worshipful District Grand Master, Brother A.L. Purves. The first Lodge meeting was scheduled to be in a community room at the Jaeil Church, adjacent to Osan Air Base.The full founding history of Truman Lodge #1727 is available for download.

Ten Brethren travelled from Hong Kong with Brother Purves, and all assisted in the Ceremony. 

Consecrating Officer, R.W.D.G.M - Bro. Alec Purves
W. Depute D.G.M. - Bro. W.S.L. Wong
As W.D.G. Senior Warden - Bro. M.K. Lane
As W.D.G. Junior Warden - Bro. A.E. Gomes
As W.D.G. Chaplain - Bro. H.W.C. Lavery
W.D.G. Secretary - Bro.G.W. Rowland
As W.D.G. Senior Deacon - Bro. J. Stocks
As W.D.G. Junior Deacon - Bro. F. van Ginkel
W.D.G. Director of Ceremonies - Bro. John W. Wilson
As W.D.G. Inner Guard - Bro. J. Banks
As W.D.G. Tyler - a lodge member

The petition to Grand Lodge contained the names of the following Brethren

Leonard USAF Hospital Osan Teikoku Lodge No 19 PC (JC) Okinawa
 Byrne Red Horse Wichita Falls No 635 Texas
 McClure Red Horse Hillwest No 397 S. Carolina
 Hess HQ UNC USFKKEUSA Randolf No 1268 Texas
 Murray Dept Mail Section Macarthur No 183 PC Seoul
 Baer JCIS Div Salisbury No 208 Missouri
 Hutchkiss 51 CES Okinawa No 118 PC Okinawa
 Lazere HQ UNC USFK EUSA JCIS DIV Macarthur No 183 PC Seoul
 Kindrick 554 CES (Red Horse) Wichita Falls No 635 Texas
 Tinsley 51 CES Greenwood No 91 S. Carolina
 Xawasus   No 274 Missouri
 Luecke 51 CES/ DEMRP Local 3 No 68 Mesa  New Mexico
 Arnett 51 CES/ DEMRP No 34 Oregon
 Carswell   Anacapa No 710 California
 Organ   No 369 S. Carolina
 Lorenz   Sacramento No 40 California
  Nix   Solomon’s No 1 S. Carolina
 Kohrs   Han Yang No 1048

The founding members officially recognized as such were Bros. J.W. Martin, Kim I Kun, Kim K Ha, Hong U Mo,  J. Nunes, W. Ireland, W. G. Cheeseman, D. Leland, R. Stern, Lee S. Choon, C. Marcos, M. King, J. Kohrs and S.Amand.

Appendant Body Contacts

Rose of Sharon Royal Arch Chapter - royalarch@trumanlodge1727.com

Widows Sons Masonic Riding Association, Korea Grand Chapter - widowssons@trumanlodge1727.com

Scottish Rite, Seoul Valley - scottishrite@trumanlodge1727.com