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.

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our
cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. What makes the concept of
World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world,
irrespective of the territory on which they are located. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (
UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural
heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international
treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by
UNESCO in 1972.


World Monuments Fund is an advocate for the preservation movement. Every project is an opportunity to raise
awareness among the public, government agencies, community organizations, and potential donors about the
importance of heritage preservation. Through programs like the World Monuments Watch, WMF speaks out in
support of the protection of sites around the world.

"The Inscriptions in Thailand Database Project", is a continuing project developed from the "Mulberry paper turned
digital database on steles and inscription project" between 2541 and 2545 B.E., which was a co-operation between
the Department of Oriental Languages, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University. That project was led by
lecturer Anchana Chitsutthiyarn and Associate Professor Kannikar Wimonkasem, and Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, (formerly affiliated to Silpakorn University but now an independent organization),
led by Professor Khunying Khaisri Sri-arun (former director of the centre). When this project finished in 2545 B.
E., the current project "Thailand’s steles and inscriptions database experimental project" followed, established to
classify information in digital format, and group it in accordance with the regions and provinces where various
steles and inscriptions were found.


Buddha-Images.com shows Buddha images from Thailand with different postures and gestures. The hand
gestures of the Buddha images are explained. The different styles of Buddha images in Thailand (according to
historical periods) are exemplified. Besides the life of the Buddha, we also feature the 10 previous lives of the
Buddha (the Jataka Tales) as seen in mural paintings in Thai temples.

Site of the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.

Williams-Hunt aerial photograph collection is the collection of aerial photographs (about 5800) that Peter
Williams-Hunt gathered from the reconnaissance missions of Royal Air Force during and after the World War II
and also the collection of aerial photographs took by Peter Williams-Hunt himself. He made the collection on these
aerial photographs on Southeast Asia while he had been working as aerial photograph interpreter for the Royal Air
Force during and after the World War II. He died in Malaysia in 1953. The photographs were organized by Dr.
Elizabeth Moore at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The collection mainly
covered Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore. On-line data service is available at
the “
Geo-spatial Digital Archive Project” developed by CRMA (Thailand), CSEAS (Kyoto University), SOAS
(University of London) and UNINET (Thailand).