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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>>>

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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MUSIC

19 July 2017 : 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 MOZART PROJECT PART 3 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)

28 June 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
A History of Ayutthaya. A talk by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit. Early European visitors placed Ayutthaya alongside China and India as the three great powers of Asia. 250 years ago, the city was destroyed, and its history has been neglected. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

29 June - 9 July 2017
A visit to Romania
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley,
Council Member
Situated in the north of the Balkan Peninsula in Central Europe, Romania shares its borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the north and Moldova to the east. More>>>

1 July 2017
A visit to five temples in Thonburi
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant
Thonburi was the capital of Thailand for 15 years between 1767 and 1782. Once Bangkok had been founded as the new capital of Siam, Thonburi became something of a rural back-water. More>>>

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