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

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:-- 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>>>

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MUSIC

9 August 2017 : 7.00 p.m.
The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage with the participation of Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present Recital at Siam Society 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)

27 July 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Remembering Benedict Anderson: His Life and Impact on Thai and Southeast Asian Studies. A talk by Charnvit Kasetsiri. Prof Anderson (August 26, 1936 – December 13, 2015) is one of the most well-known scholars on Southeast Asia. His academic masterpiece: 1983 Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism, has been translated into 33 languages in 38 countries, including Thai. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

9 – 18 August 2017
Discovering Russia’s Historic Capitals: Moscow and St Petersburg
Leader: Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of the Siam Society

With an area of 17 million sq km, stretching from Europe to the Pacific Ocean, Russian is the world’s largest country, with an unparalleled ethnic and geographical diversity. The country’s epic history is reflected in its rich culture of arts, literature, music, ballet and drama. More>>>

1 – 3 September 2017
A long weekend in Nan and Phrae Province
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant
Nan province is isolated and protected by mountains, located about 670 kilometres from Bangkok. In the past, the Nan kingdom developed as a small city-state and was frequently at the mercy of its more powerful neighbours. More>>>

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