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.
:-- 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>>>
28 January 2015 (Wednesday) 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 "Salut d'amour". More>>>
A Tale of Youth and of Three Cities: Vienna; Bonn; Hamburg. Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911): Piano Quartet in A minor. More>>>
LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)
29 January 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m.
“ ...the King goes in to sleep with the spirit...” Rites, beliefs and kings in early Ayutthaya. A talk by Chris Baker. At the climax of an early Ayutthaya ceremony, the King enters a bedroom to sleep with a mysterious spirit. The scene recalls the story of the Khmer king sleeping with a Naga princess. The extraordinary ceremony also involves Brahmans and bonfires, a procession of queens and palace women, a pike-throwing contest, and a fierce water spirit. More>>>
31 January – 6 February 2015
1 February 2015
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