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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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)

29 September 2016 : 7.30 p.m.
The Role of Heritage Industries in Social and Economic Development. A Talk by Phacharaphorn Phanomvan. Can we transform historical and cultural heritage into long-term economic development plans? Heritage has traditionally been viewed by lower and middle-income countries as a source of tourism and identity promotion. More>>>

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5 – 14 October 2016
El Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Trail in Spain
Leader: Khun Jumbhot Chuasai,
Honorary Secretary, the Siam Society
This study trip offers members the opportunity to have an exceptional journey through 1,000 years of history. Discover the best the French Way and Northern Spain has to offer in 10 days. Stay and eat at the most luxurious and delicious places and walk the most picturesque and poignant sections while doing a coast to coast tour. More>>>

13 – 20 October 2016
A Visit to the Cultural Heritage of South Korea
Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, President of the Siam Society
Over the last decade, Korea has proved its achievement in boosting a cultural creative economy. Korea has excelled in conservation and promotion of its rich tangible and intangible culture—ancient Buddhist temples, well-preserved traditional village architecture, delicious and distinctive cuisine, some of Asia’s finest museums, and of course the high fashion and pop culture that Korea exports throughout Asia. More>>>

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