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The Siam Society under Royal Patronage was founded in 1904 in cooperation with Thai and foreign scholars to promote knowledge of Thailand and its surrounding region.

The Society premises on Asoke Montri Road in Bangkok house a library that has a unique collection including manuscripts and rare books. The Kamthieng House, a precious example of northern Thai architecture, houses a folk museum. Study trips are made to historical sites, cultural events, and nature sites in all corners of Thailand and overseas. Lectures are organized several times a month on a wide range of topics. The Journal of the Siam Society and the Natural History Bulletin are published annually and distributed free to members. The Society also publishes scholarly books; stages performances of music, dance, and drama; hosts exhibitions and conferences; and is involved in projects of cultural preservation.

Today, the Siam Society has a membership drawn from a broad spectrum of Thais and foreigners, and continues to operate as a non-profit organization dedicated to its founding cause.

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What's New

:-- JSS Volume 105 has just been published. See the contents here>>>

:-- NHBSS Volume 62 No. 1 This is a commemorative issue of the late James F. Maxwell, a renown botanist who contributed to Southeast Asian botany for more than 40 years. More>>>

:-- Forthcoming Events (as of April 2018)>>>

:-- The Siam Society is very proud to announce that two of our leading members - Dr. Christopher Baker and Prof. Pasuk Phongpaichit have been awarded the distinguished Fukuoka Grand Prize. As Japan's cultural gateway, Fukuoka City created the Fukuoka Prize as a means of showing respect to those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts, and culture in Asia. They intend, together with the people of Fukuoka, to advertise to the world through their city, the diversity and the distinctiveness of Asian culture. You can read more about this achievement here>>>

LIBRARY

Thai Library Association under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is pleased to present to the Library of the Siam Society under Royal Patronage the “Award for Outstanding Specialist Library, 2014” More>>>

Photos from workshop on Insect Management in Museums and Libraries>>>

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts 2018>>>

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MUSIC

12 June 2018 : 7.00 p.m.
The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University with the participation of Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present "THE FRENCH ALTERNATIVE" More>>>

A Tale of Youth and of Three Cities: Vienna; Bonn; Hamburg. Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911): Piano Quartet in A minor. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

31 May 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
Uma Amizade Duradoura: Over 500 Years of Enduring Friendship. A Talk by Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal to the Kingdom of Thailand. In commemoration of the quincentenary celebration of the first ever pact between Siam and a Western power, H.E. Francisco Vaz Patto, Ambassador of Portugal to the Kingdom of Thailand, will present an overview of the events leading up to the Pact of Friendship and Trade instituted in 1518. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

26 May 2018
An Afternoon Walk Through a Historic Trail
of Rattanakosin Island (Na Phra Lan to Pak Khlong Talad) With a Special Dinner
Leader: Dr. Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Honorary Advisor to The Siam Society Council

Today’s rejuvenated and lively historic neighborhoods, namely Na Phra Lan, Tha Chang, and Tha Tien are the result of the 4 years conservation project, undertaken by The Crown Property Bureau with some contribution by local residents. More>>>

2 June 2018
A visit to historical sites in Phetchaburi
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council Member of the Siam Society

Phetchaburi, 130 km south of Bangkok, is a charming town with a long history and several outstanding temples. Much of the city’s superb art and architecture reflect its long and rich history. More>>>

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