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 Natural History Section is pleased to announce that Volume 59 No 2 of the Bulletin has now been published. This issue has a special section celebrating 50 years of protected areas in Thailand. It will be sent out to members soon, but articles from it can be downloaded here>>>.
:-- The Natural History Section is also pleased to announce that articles from all previous volumes dating back to the Bulletin's first issue in 1914 can now be read online here>>>.
:-- The Minute Books of the Siam Society from 1904 have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World. Register as a record of international cooperation in research and the dissemination of knowledge in the arts and sciences. More>>>

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

Photos from Study the Ancient Thai Scripts>>>

New Books List>>>


7-8 May 2014 (Wednesday-Thursday) 7.00 p.m. The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University present BEETHOVEN. More>>>

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LECTURES (all lectures are in English unless otherwise stated)

14 May 2014 (Wednesday) 7.30 p.m.
LAOS Through the Eyes of the Extraordinary Marc Leguay. A Talk by Francis Benteux. French painter Marc Leguay (1910-2001) stopped in Laos at the age of 27.  He was not the first nor the sole one, but the only one who spent the rest of his life there. In Laos his abilities to express opened up in aid of setting the aesthetics of that country and its inhabitants, like Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) in Polynesia and Jean Le Mayeur (1880-1958) in Bali before him. More>>>

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2 – 13 May 2014
A cultural trip to Turkey
Leader: Khun Eileen Deeley, Head of Music and Special Events, The Siam Society

Turkey is considered to be one of the richest countries in terms of archaeology and is by far the biggest "open air museum" of the world. It has always been a bridge between the East and West. A small area (3 per cent) called Thrace forms part of the European continent, while the larger section, Anatolia, forms part of Asia. More>>>

17 May 2014
A day in Samut Prakan Province with Siam Society
Leader: Khun Somlak Charoenpot, Council Member of the Siam Society

Samut Prakan, also known as Pak Nam, is situated at the end or mouth of Chao Phraya River at the head of the Gulf of Thailand. Pak Nam, laterally "river mouth", served as a gateway to the world for Siam for many centuries, the place where nearly all foreign visitors caught their first glimpse of Siamese heartland for the voyage to both Ayutthaya and Bangkok. More>>>

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