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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:-- The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is pleased to announce that its Kamthieng House Museum can be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and The Siam Society. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see the best surviving traditional Lanna Thai House -- Kamthieng House Museum and its compound, a lovely video presentation “The Adventures of Tokto” – explaining how to build a Lanna house, “Hamyon” – a Wood Carving Collection, and an Example of The Siam Society Minute Books – UNESCO  Memory of the World, in just a few clicks at a picture.


:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 104 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.


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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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13 July 2016 : 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 Spirit of ASEAN" 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)

21 July 2016 : 7.30 p.m.
The Thai Collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. A talk by Paul Michael Taylor. The Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, has among its holdings important diplomatic and historic collections from Thailand, worthy of the reconsideration currently being given to them from the perspective of recent approaches to studying and presenting legacy collections. More>>>

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10 - 21 August 2016
A Cultural visit to Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Leader: Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri,
Study Trip Manager
Ethiopia is one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists and is widely considered the region from which Homo Sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond. A skeleton of an older human ancestor Australopithecus Afarensis was discovered in 1974 in the Afar region. More>>>

1 – 8 September 2016
Mr. Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant
On the scale of a world map Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon, appears to hang like a tiny tear­drop off the tip of the South Asian sub-continent in the Indian Ocean. Due to its strategic location at the centre of all the ancient maritime routes crossing the Indian Ocean, the island is mentioned in many of the oldest chronicles and maps of the world. More>>>

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Siamese Heritage Trust Seminar On

“Master plan and municipal law as a tool for preventing cultural heritage from inappropriate development”
Saturday, 25 June 2016 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Siam Society Auditorium More>>>