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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:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 103 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.

:-- The Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 60 No 2 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>>>

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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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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15 October 2015 (Thursday) 7.00 p.m.
Ayutthaya at Angkor: an archeological perspective. A talk by Christophe Pottier. In 1933, the fragments of a monumental statue of the Buddha sitting on Naga were unearthed with in the central sanctuary of the Bayon. More>>>


3 November 2015 (Tuesday) 7.00 p.m.
A Tale of Two Textiles: Design and Exchange in 18th Century World Trade. A talk by John Guy. The production of painted cottons - kalamkari, chintz - in 17th and 18th century India was organized on an industrial scale, generating volumes of variously graded cloths that served the needs of both the domestic and India's global markets. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

22 October 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
Land Use, Water Management and Religious Beliefs in the Urban Landscape of Post-Dvaravati, West-Central Thailand (ca. 11th-14th Centuries AD). A Talk by Podjanok Kanjanajuntorn. The historical period of West-Central Thailand ca. 10th-13th centuries coincided with the decline of Dvaravati, whilst the prominent rivals of Pagan and Angkor began to prosper. More>>>

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29 October - 9 November 2015 REVISED DATES AND FLIGHTS!!!
A Cultural Journey to Sicily and Malta
Leader: Khun Pikulkeaw Krairiksh, Vice President

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean (about 26,000 sq km). Politically Sicily and the smaller islands surrounding it are considered an autonomous region of Italy. The island is known for its rugged, volcanic topography, history, culture and architecture. More>>>

30 October 2015
A visit to Office of Ten Traditional Thai Crafts (or Chang Sip Mu)
and two very interesting temples in Nakhon Pathom Province
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Chairperson of the Study Trip Committee, The Siam Society

Thai artworks are respected as a valuable heritage of the country. They were created by Chang or Artisans who harmonized their ideas, skill and esthetics of beauty with their social ideology and beliefs. More>>>

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