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>>>

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Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

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26 May 2015 (Tuesday) 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 Under the Patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana present Silpakorn University String Orchestra. 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)

4 June 2015 (Thursday) 7.30 p.m. (LECTURE & BOOK LAUNCH)
Ancient Jewellery of Myanmar from Prehistory to Pyu Period. A talk by Terence Tan. This book traces the ornaments and artefacts, which brought about the changes in beliefs, rituals, social and cultural aspects of early Myanmar, from the prehistoric to the proto-historical period, and cultural links between China and Myanmar. More>>>

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26 – 31 May 2015
A Visit to the Mysterious Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and The Historical City of Changsha in China
Leader: Khun Ekkarin Latthasaksiri,
Study Trip Manager
Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province in south-central China, located on the lower reaches of the Xiang River, a branch of the Yangtze River. Its terrain is high in the west and low in the east. There are many mountainous areas in the west and in the north. More>>>

6 – 7 June 2015
A visit to Prachin Buri National Museum, Khmer ruins
in Sa Kaeo province and Prasat Banteay Chhmar in Cambodia
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot,
Chairperson of the Study Trip Committee
Prachin Buri National Museum - Exhibitions in the museum begin on the first floor with the theme of the art and archaeology of the region, starting with prehistory, coming to the Dvaravati period and following to when the Khmers dominated the eastern region of Thailand especially at Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Nakhon Nayok. More>>>

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