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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

23 January 2018 : 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 "REQUIEM WITHOUT WORDS" 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)

25 January 2018 : 7.30 p.m.
A Brief Economic History of Land Rights in Thailand: From the Sukhothai Period to the End of King Chulalongkorn’s Reign. A Talk by Jessica Vechbanyongratana. This lecture is based on a recently published book that reassesses the nature and security of land rights in Siam from the Sukhothai period to the end of King Chulalongkorn’s reign. The study first reviews de jure land rights under traditional land laws prior to 1901. More>>>

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STUDY TRIPS

20 January 2018
A Study trip to visit Ban Krua Community
“Muslim Cham – Melayu. 230 Yrs.in Tung Praya Thai”
Leader: Khun Sukre Salem, Muslim Siam Forum for Art & Culture, Thailand

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25 February - 5 March 2018
Israel : The Holy Land
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Council member of the Siam Society

For a third of humanity, Israel is literally the Holy Land, and Jerusalem marks its sacred centre. For Christians, this is where Jesus was crucified and resurrected; for Muslims, this is where Mohammed journeyed up to heaven; for Jews, this is where the Temple of Solomon stood. More>>>

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