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 Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 60 No 1 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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Photos from workshop on Insect Management in Museums and Libraries>>>

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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4 March 2015 (Wednesday) 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 present Andrey Gugnin plays Brahms and Liszt. 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)

17 March 2015 (Tuesday) 7.30 p.m.
Where have the Thai-Chinese Speech-groups gone? A (sort of) lecture by Ben Anderson. Thirty years ago, we heard a lot about the four main speech of the Thai-Chinese - Teochiu, Hailam, Hakka and Hokkien. In the media today, they are scarcely mentioned at all. What has happened to them? Is it different from what has happened in Indonesia and the Philippines? More>>>

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7 - 8 March 2015
A Weekend in Nakhon Si Thammarat
and Surat Thani Provinces
Leader: Mr. Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant of The Siam Society
Nakhon Si Thammarat is an ancient city mentioned under different names in ancient chronicles and ancient maps.  Travelers referred to a small trading center known as Ligor, which probably had link with the Srivijaya empire. More>>>

21 March 2015
A day trip to visit Ratchaburi province
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council Member and Head of Music and Special Events

Ratchaburi is about 105 km from Bangkok; it is the city with a long history. Owing to its favorable location by the Mae Nam Mae Klong, the region has attracted settlements through the ages. The area was part of Dvaravati kingdom and later occupied by the Khmers. More>>>

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