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 59 No 2 of the Bulletin has now been published. This issue has a special section celebrating 50 years of protected areas in Thailand. It will be sent out to members soon, but articles from it can be downloaded here>>>.
:-- The Natural History Section is also pleased to announce that articles from all previous volumes dating back to the Bulletin's first issue in 1914 can now be read online 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>>>

New Books List>>>


16 August 2014 (Saturday) 4.00 p.m. and 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 Young Pianists Play 'BIG'. 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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Photos from concerts>>>

LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

7 August 2014 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
Admiral Cornelis Matelieff in Asia, 1605-1608: the Siamese Connection. A Talk by Peter Borschberg. The story of the first Siamese embassy to the West in 1608 is a gripping tale of death, embezzlement and hard-nosed commercial diplomacy. The embassy sent to the Dutch Republic by King Ekathotsarot was carried in the flagship of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, the Dutch admiral who launched a seaborne-attack on the Portuguese colony of Malacca in 1606 and founded a fort on the island of Ternate in the Moluccas in June 1607. More>>>

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28 July - 5 August 2014 NEW DATE!!!
Study Trip to the Indian Himalayas
Leader: Mr. Peter Laverick, Council Member of the Siam Society

Inspiring religious awe, philosophical contemplation and imperial ambition throughout human history, the Himalayas are quite literally as close as we can get to the heavens. Sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists alike, the wealth of cultural heritage is matched only by astonishing biodiversity and rugged beauty. More>>>

23 August 2014
A Visit to Garuda and Elephant Sculptures Museums
in Samut Prakan Province
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Council Member of the Siam Society

In the Hindu religion, Garuda is a Hindu divinity, usually the mount (vahana) of the Lord Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with a white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak and with a crown on his head. More>>>

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