The Bangkok Centre, Thailand

Bangkok Centre

Head : Jacques Leider
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center
20 Borommaratchachonnani Road
Bangkok 10170, Thailand
Tel. +66 2 433 12 68
Fax +66 2 880 93 32

The EFEO Center in Bangkok, opened in 1997, is housed within the Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, a research institute under the Thai Ministry of Culture. This institute, founded by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, possesses a large library, including all the publications of the EFEO. The Center complements this with a photo library holding more than a thousand digitized photos and silver prints covering religions of the region (especially Buddhism and Hinduism) and illustrating architecture, archaeology, and ethnology.

Research by EFEO members at the Bangkok Center is concerned mostly with studies on local and regional Buddhism. The Center also participates in other EFEO programs, especially in the archaeology and epigraphy of the Khmer world, through expeditions to northeastern Thailand. An important project is the inventorying and digitization of the body of Buddhist manuscripts connected with the tradition of tamman religious chronicles. This work is being carried on in cooperation with the Siam Society.

Current research program:

  • History and historiography of Southeast Asian Buddhism
  • Research on the architecture of Buddhist monasteries
  • Study of Pali codices
  • Research on Buddhism among the Mon people
  • Thai inscriptions concerning the Khmer world

EFEO scholars regularly teach at Chulalongkorn University and at Silpakorn University. In addition, the Center each year welcomes students, doctoral candidates, and scholarship holders to Bangkok.

In collaboration with the Sirindhorn Center, the EFEO Bangkok Center publishes the journal Aséanie, a bilingual English/French publication dedicated to research in the humanities and social sciences in Southeast Asia. Its editorial office also publishes scholarly works in the fields of Buddhist studies, archaeology, and anthropology. These are printed in Bangkok and included in the general catalog of EFEO publications.

The Bangkok centre
Head: Jacques Leider

Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre
20 Borommaratchachonnani Road
Bangkok 10170
Tel: +66 2 433 12 68
Fax: +66 2 880 93 32

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News from the Bangkok centre
Jacques Leider @ Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.
22 MARCH 18 Between March 22-25, Jacques Leider participated in the annual conference 2018 of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C. On Friday, March 23, he contributed to  ... Read more
Team's luncheon
21 DECEMBER 17 Researchers and staffs of the EFEO, Bangkok centre, and the Aséanie were reunited for a luncheon before Christmas. Read more
P. Skilling @ Fudan University, Shanghai
08 SEPTEMBER 17 Between 8-11 September, Professor Peter Skilling will visit Fudan University, Shanghai, and give three lectures: "Palm-leaf manuscripts: precious repository of the  ... Read more
EFEO publications

In order to highlight the EFEO publications, a new website dedicated to them is online.
You can now consult the catalog of all the books published since the creation of the EFEO and buy directly those that interest you HERE.
EFEO on Instagram

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram account: ecolefrancaisedextremeorient
The Geography of Pali
France, Paris, 18 June 2013
Presentation by Peter Skilling entitled "The Geography of Pali". READ MORE
From Angkor to Greater Angkor
Thailand, Bangkok, 14 June 2013
Lecture by Christophe Pottier entitled "From Angkor to Greater Angkor". READ MORE
Sculpture conservation workshop at Cambodia's National Museum
Thailand, Bangkok, 23 May 2013
Bertrand Porte is talking on the sculpture conservation workshop at Cambodia's National Museum. READ MORE