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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)

18 October 2017 : Reception: 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
China's Banking Transformation: The Untold Story. DISCUSSION: “China’s Future: Patterns of the Past”. Panelists James Stent, Endymion Wilkinson, and Joe Horn-Phathanothai, moderated by Chris Baker. This is the first book on Chinese banking that is written by someone who has served for a number of years within not just one, but two, Chinese banks. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

3 – 13 November 2017
A Visit to North West Iran
Leader: Khun Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, Former President

Iran has been home to organised urban settlements since at least 4000 BC and even from those times the history of Iran has been intertwined with the history of the region as a whole. Initially the Elamites and Medes paid tribute to the greater Mesopotamian powers of Sumeria and Neo-Assyria. More>>>

18 November 2017
A day in Ayutthaya: Revisiting Siam’s Great Capital (Part II)
Leader: Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot,
Honorary Secretary
Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from its foundation in 1350 until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767, and at the height of it power was one of the richest and most magnificent cities in Asia. It was a great capital city with hundreds of temples and palaces, canals and rivers, and a port frequented by merchants of many nations. More>>>

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