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>>>

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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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27 August 2015 (Thursday) 7.00 p.m.

Life, work and gossip in the Dutch settlement: Isaack Moerdijck’s dagregister of 1644. A talk by Dhiravat na Pombejra. Documents written by foreigners in 17th or 18th century Ayutthaya rarely reveal details of daily life in that city.  Certain Dutch East India Company (VOC) documents, however, reflect the day-to-day activities and concerns of the company’s employees as they strove to do business in an international emporium which was at the same time an environment dominated by the royal court. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

4 August 2015 (Tuesday) 7.30 p.m.
Temple in the Clouds: Ancient Faith, Modern Conflict at the Great Cliff-top Shrine Preah Vihear. A talk by John Burgess. A thousand years ago, the fabulous cliff-top temple Preah Vihear was a self-contained religious community, with nearby villages tasked to support priests and acolytes in lives of prayer. More>>>

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8 August 2015
A Visit to Two Temples in Bangkok and Former City Hall in Nonthaburi Province
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant
Wat Rachathiwat was rebuilt in 1909 by H.R.H. Narisra Nuvadtiwonge and its Ubosot has murals paintings painted by the Italian artist Carlo Rigoli working from cartoons by the prince. The Chedi stands on a square base surrounded by figures of guardian lions and has four niches in which have been placed four Buddha images from the late 8 century Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Central Java. More>>>

27 – 31 August 2015
A VISIT TO NORTHERN VIETNAM (Hanoi, Sapa and Ninh Binh: Halong Bay on Land)
Leader: Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri,
Study Trip Manager
Northern Vietnam is a rich repository of history and tradition, with many of the country’s oldest temples and fortresses. It is also blessed with great natural grandeur, ranging from the high mountains and craggy canyons of the west, to the magical karst islands rising from Halong Bay in the east. More>>>

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