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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 February 2017)>>>

:-- 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

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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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)

9 November 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Recent Archaeological Investigations in the Iron Age of Central Thailand. A Talk by Thanik Lertcharnrit. Prehistoric human occupation in central Thailand began in the Neolithic period, possibly earlier, and continued until the Iron Age or late prehistoric time. Throughout over 2,000 years of settlements, there were significant changes in several aspects, including social, cultural and economic evolution, while the prehistoric times also saw cultural and economic continuity over millennia. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

6 - 8 October 2017
A visit to Yangon's Urban Heritage
Leader: Mr. James Stent, Chairperson of Siamese Heritage Trust

Yangon is unique. The British seized Yangon in 1852 and made the city the capital of Burma in 1885. They constructed a great number of grand, impressive buildings in Victorian, Art Deco, British Burmese and Neoclassical style. More>>>

7 - 13 October 2017
Wildlife Study Trip to
Bardiya National Park, Nepal
Leader: Mr. Peter Laverick, Life Member

Nepal has a number of national parks containing a wide variety of wildlife in the Terai region – the lowlands along the border with India. The most accessible of these is the Chitwan National Park, but it has become a victim of its own success with a large number of visitors. More>>>

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