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The Siam society

Founded in 1904 under Royal Patronage, the organization helps those interested in the artistic and cultural life of Thailand and neighboring countries. The Society maintains an excellent library (for members only); publishes an esteemed journal; and organizes monthly lectures, exhibitions, and study trips. It has a natural history section too. An ethnological museum providing traditional Thai artifacts and carvings is housed in the Kamthieng House on the grounds of the Society.

The Siam Society has always enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the Royal Family. Its first patron was Crown Prince Vachiravudh, and the tradition of close ties with the Society since maintained. HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Society's current Honorary President, frequently graces the Society with her presence at its various functions, and is also a Vice-Patron, as are Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

On 22 June 1994, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej graciously presided over the royal consecration ceremony for a Gold Footprint of the Lord Buddha, which had been cast by the Siam Society for presentation to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty's sixtieth birthday anniversary in 1992.

His Majesty graciously granted permission for the Gold Footprint of the Lord Buddha to be placed in the Monthientham Hall in the grounds of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is open every Buddhist day and Sunday for Buddhists to pay homage.

It is open Tue to Sat 9 am - 12 noon and 1-5 pm. The address is 131 Sukhumvit 21 (Soi Asoke), Bangkok 10110.

The National Museum

Near the National Theatre and not far from Sanam Luang, this museum houses an important and superb collection of artifacts and objets d’art ranging from the Bronze Age to the present day period. The complex consists of several old and beautiful buildings of Thai architectural design. The Museum is open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. everyday except Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays. The admission fee is 40 baht.

NATIONAL THEATRE 
Just around the corner from the National Museum is this huge building where drama and Thai classical dance performances are presented. There is a dance exhibition on the last Friday of every month at 5 pm. Admission fee for other shows is around Bht 30.

THE NATIONAL ARTS GALLERY
This is on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Theatre. It exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art by Thai artists. The gallery is open to the public everyday except Mondays Tuesdays and public holidays from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. The telephone number is 2812224, 2822639 . Admission fee is Baht 10.

NATIONAL LIBRARY
This public library has a good collection of books in English and some other European languages on wide ranging topics. Located at the intersection of Sri Ayutthaya and Samsen Roads, the library is open from 8.30 am to 6 pm; Mon. through Sat. The National Archives office is located in the some premises.

THAILAND CULTURAL CENTER
Avenue for musical and visual entertainment, this spacious complex was established with Japanese assistance. Its monthly programme often lists artists from abroad. It is located on Ratckadapisek Road, behind an open automobile showroom directly opposite the Siam Jusco shopping mall.

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