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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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What's New

:-- 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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LIBRARY

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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MUSIC

4 September 2014 (Thursday) 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 The Trinity Trio. 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)

18 September 2014 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
The House of the Raja: a culture in limbo. A talk by Xavier Comas. The House of the Raja is a photography book by Xavier Comas, recently published in Bangkok by River Books. The book is based on the author’s experiences while living in an ancient decaying Malay palace in Narathiwat province. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

 

6 - 12 September 2014
7 days in Cambodia:
A visit to some remarkable masterpieces of architecture and statuary remains of Pre-Angkor Period, the Classical Angkor Period and Post-Angkor Period
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant

The art and architecture of the ancient Khmer has been classified into periods by French art historians. Each style takes its name from the principle monument built by the ruler at Angkor, with the sequence being based on a combination of epigraphic information, evolution of the temple/ mountain concept and architectural elements and types of ornamental carvings. More>>>

5 October 2014
In the footsteps of the Dutch in Ayutthaya and Phra Phutthabat
Leader: Dr. Dhiravat na Pombejra, Member of the Siam Society

This day trip links sites associated with Siam’s foreign trade and the pilgrimage route from Ayutthaya to the shrine of the Buddha’s Footprint at Phra Phutthabat in Saraburi Province. More>>>

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