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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:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 103 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.

:-- The Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 60 No 2 of the Bulletin has now been published. It will be sent out to members soon, but articles from it can be downloaded here>>>.
:-- The Minute Books of the Siam Society from 1904 have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World. Register as a record of international cooperation in research and the dissemination of knowledge in the arts and sciences. More>>>

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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>>>

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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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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7 January 2016 (Thursday) 7.00 p.m.
The formative years of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Chitralada School. A Talk by Thanphuying Tasniya Punyagupta. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s deserves recognition as Thailand’s “Renaissance Princess” for her academic excellence, record of public service, and dedication to the people of Thailand since her early years. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

17 December 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
Thailand’s International Meditation Centers. A Talk by Brooke Schedneck. International meditation centers in Thailand are situated at the crossroads of the national and transnational, religious and non-religious. This talk examines how modern Buddhism is imagined and experienced in contemporary settings. More>>>

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6 - 10 December 2015
Hiking in Hong Kong
Leader: Mr. Peter Laverick, Life Member

Though Hong Kong is famous for its man-made features - shops, hotels, airport etc., the territory also has large undeveloped areas divided into no less than 23 country parks. In the past the territory has been run by governors who have enjoyed walking, and as a result there is a network of well laid out and well marked walks across these empty areas. More>>>

18 December 2015
An Exploration of the Evolution of Thai Art through a variety of Sculptures, Paintings and Buildings in the special exhibition on masterpieces of traditional Thai art at the National Museum, the former studio and workshop of Corrado Feroci, the founder of the Thai modern art, the Prototype Sculptures Gallery of the Fine Arts Department and the permanent exhibition of contemporary art at the National Gallery
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Chairperson of the Study Trip Committee, The Siam Society

Art in the Original Tradition It is well known that art in Thailand in historical times is for the most part religious art and the vast majority of it gets its inspiration from both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. More>>>

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