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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

:-- JSS Volume 105 has just been published. See the contents here>>>

:-- NHBSS Volume 62 No. 1 This is a commemorative issue of the late James F. Maxwell, a renown botanist who contributed to Southeast Asian botany for more than 40 years. More>>>

:-- Forthcoming Events (as of April 2018)>>>

:-- The Siam Society is very proud to announce that two of our leading members - Dr. Christopher Baker and Prof. Pasuk Phongpaichit have been awarded the distinguished Fukuoka Grand Prize. As Japan's cultural gateway, Fukuoka City created the Fukuoka Prize as a means of showing respect to those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts, and culture in Asia. They intend, together with the people of Fukuoka, to advertise to the world through their city, the diversity and the distinctiveness of Asian culture. You can read more about this achievement here>>>

LIBRARY

21/22 and 28/29 April 2018
Study the Ancient Thai Scripts with Acharn Term Meetem. In 2007, 2010 and 2013, Acharn Term Meetem introduced members and friends of the Siam Society to some of the ancient Thai scripts and regional systems of writing. We know that many of you who wished to attend could not do so at that time. 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>>>

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MUSIC

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)

26 April 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
'The Architecture of Possibilities' A Talk by Twitee Vajrabhaya. Architecture goes beyond its form to its invisible dimension. Architecture is not only about pretty buildings and mere usable function, but it has the power to engage with the people and the society at many different levels. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

27 April - 1 May 2018
A Visit to Brunei
Leader: Khun Kanitha Kasina-Ubol, General Manager of the Siam Society

In 1521 the Italian historian Antonio Pigafetta visited the Sultanate of Brunei. He described the Sultanate as a rich, hospitable and powerful kingdom with an established Islamic Monarchy and strong regional influence in the Java and Borneo archipelago. More>>>

5 - 6 May 2018
A visit to historical sites in Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Leader of the Natural History Section, Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Honorary Secretary

The Siam Society is pleased to announce a forthcoming weekend trip to historical sites in Suphanburi, Kanchaburi and Ratchaburi. Under the leadership of Dr.Weerachai Nanakorn and Khun Somlak Charoenpot, members will visit ancient monuments and museums housing excavated artefacts as far back as the Dvaravati period. More>>>

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