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 Siam Society Under Royal Patronage is pleased to announce that its Kamthieng House Museum can be viewed online by people around the world thanks to a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and The Siam Society. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see the best surviving traditional Lanna Thai House -- Kamthieng House Museum and its compound, a lovely video presentation “The Adventures of Tokto” – explaining how to build a Lanna house, “Hamyon” – a Wood Carving Collection, and an Example of The Siam Society Minute Books – UNESCO  Memory of the World, in just a few clicks at a picture.


:-- We are pleased to announce that Journal volume 104 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.


:-- We are pleased to announce that NHBSS volume 61 number 2 has now been published and being sent out to members. You can see the contents here>>>.


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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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31 March 2017 : 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 "What does the conductor actually do?" 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)

28 March 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Reconnecting the Disconnected Through Textiles. A Talk by John Ang. In presenting these textiles many of which have never been written about or shown in museums, John will discuss the origins of their designs and techniques and how they connect closely with textiles of other kingdoms in the empire. More>>>

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25 April - 3 May 2017
A visit to the Kingdom of Jordan
Leader: Khun Kanitha Kasina-Ubol, General Manager

The history of Jordan is one of invasion and conquest.  Historically, Jordan for the most part has been a collection of city-states, but the strategic geographic location of the area ensured that all the great early civilizations passed through this land. More>>>

12 – 14 May 2017
Rocket Festival - Bun Bang Fai
Leader: Khun Ruth Gerson, Member of the Siam Society

The Rocket Festival, known in Thai as Bun Bang Fai, is a folk festival that lasts three days. It is traditionally practiced in Isaan and Laos in numerous villages and municipalities before the start of the rainy season, with the purpose of bringing down rain. More>>>

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