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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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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30 June 2015 (Tuesday) 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 Bach, Corelli and 18 Monkeys. 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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28 July 2015 (Tuesday) 7.00 p.m.

Fifty-two Bhikkhuni Images: Thepthidaram temple for Rama III’s Daughter. A talk by Pattaratorn Chirapravati. King Rama III (King Nangklow; r. 1824-1851) was great patron of Buddhism. Temples built during his reign are distinctive not only because they were built in hybrid style that combines Thai and Chinese architectural elements, but also because they are adorned with images and murals with subjects that had not been popular in any other earlier period. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

9 July 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
Narai’s Daughter: Women and Ayutthaya’s Court Intrigues. A talk by Bhawan Ruangsilp. A close analysis of the life of Kromluang Yothathep, King Narai’s only daughter, helps throw light upon how the elite women of Ayutthaya suffered the limitations of and explored their possibilities for access to wealth, knowledge and power. More>>>

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4 – 5 July 2015
A visit to museums, historical sites and temples in Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Kala Sin Provinces
Khun Somchai Na Nakhonphanom, Archaeology Expert, the Fine Arts Department and Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Chairperson of the Study Trip Committee, The Siam Society
Ban Chiang was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992 and stands as one of the World’s earliest bronze producers. The Ban Chiang culture appears to have flourished from 3600 BC to AD 200 in the area now covered by the four provinces of Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen. More>>>

18 July 2015
A day in Suphan Buri Province
Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri, Study Trip Manager
The prosperous town of Suphan Buri situated on the east bank of the Mae Nam Tha Chin in rich rice and sugar cane-growing region is served by an excellent road network. More>>>

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