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>>>

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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12-14 May 2015 (Tuesday-Thursday) 5.00 p.m. The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University with the participation of Fund for Classical Music Promotion Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present Chamber music open rehearsal and masterclass. 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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29 April 2015 (Wednesday) 7.00 p.m.
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Revisited. A talk by Piriya Krairiksh. When Crown Prince Maha Vajiravudh visited Sukhothai in 1907, he dated the ruins of Wat Mahathat to the reign of King Ram Khamhaeng (1279?-1299?) by correlating the monuments with the inscription of King Ram Khamhaeng. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

25 April 2015 (Saturday) 2:30 p.m.
‘Shamu-Sarasa’ (Siamese Chintz) in Japanese Tradition. A talk by Sitthichai Smanchat. Textile is a key to many aspects of Japanese culture and it addresses the history of the people. The subject of ‘Sarasa’ (Chintz) is extremely broad and requires extensive research. This talk concentrates on ‘Shamu-Sarasa’ (Siamese Chintz) in Japanese tradition. More>>>

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3 - 10 May 2015
A cultural trip to TURKMENISTAN
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council Member and Head of Music and Special Events The Siam Society

Following our successful visit to Uzbekistan, the Siam Society is arranging a study trip to Turkmenistan, the second of the five ‘istans’ in Central Asia. Located in the southernmost part of the former Soviet Union, Turkmenistan is rich in tradition, culture and natural beauty. More>>>

9 – 10 May 2015
A weekend in Roi Et province
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay,
Senior Consultant of The Siam Society
The northeast of Thailand, commonly referred to as Isan, is made up of 17 provinces and covers a total of more than 170,000 square kilometres, or roughly one third of the entire country. The northeast region is also noted for being the location of an age-old civilization and customs dating back to the prehistoric times. More>>>

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