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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 November 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>>>

Photos from workshop on Insect Management in Museums and Libraries>>>

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MUSIC

12 December 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 "DIVINE DVORAK" 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)

21 November 2017 : 7.30 p.m.
Fiery Farewell: Cremation Rituals in Bali. A Talk by Garrett Kam. The Hindu-Buddhist Balinese in Indonesia cremate their dead in spectacular rituals that are very similar to yet at the same time quite distinct and different from Thai practices. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

25 - 26 November 2017
Weekend in Two National Parks in Chiang Mai
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Leader of the Natural History Section

Doi Inthanon National Park, at 2,565 metres above sea level, is Thailand's highest peak. The level of precipitation on the cloud covered peak is double that of the surrounding area. Doi Inthanon is the source of four different rivers; Mae Jam, Mae Ya, Mae Klang and Mae Pan. More>>>

2 - 8 December 2017
A Study Trip to Cultural Sites in Central and Eastern Myanmar
Leader: Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, Senior Consultant

Mandalay was founded by King Mindon in 1857, and the majority of the monuments there including the palace, the city walls, pagodas and monasteries were built in that year or soon after. The city took its name from the Mandalay Hill which is situated at the north-east corner of the present town. More>>>

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