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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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
Lecture on Archaeology at Angkor
United States, Honolulu (Hawaii), 03 April 2013
Christophe Pottier is giving a talk entitled "Digging History in Angkor" READ MORE
Archaeology and Heritage conservation
Thailand, Bangkok, 01 February 2013
Presentation by Pierre Pichard and Christophe Pottier on "Archéologie et conservation patrimoniale: contributions françaises au Siam et en Indochine [Archaeology and Heritage conservation: French contributions to Siam and Indochina]" . READ MORE
Lecture on the Wat Maheyong Inscription
Thailand, Nakhon Si Thammarat, 13 January 2013
Lecture by Peter Skilling  on "The Wat Maheyong Inscription: What can it tell us?". READ MORE
Lecture by Peter Skilling
13 December 2012
Lecture by Peter Skilling on the topic "The Buddhas of the Fortunate Aeon". READ MORE
Seminar Archaeology in Asia
Thailand, Bangkok, 04 December 2012
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The seminar Archaeology in Asia: Past Heritages in contemporaneous issues is organized by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC) and the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO)
Date: 4th of December 2012, 1:30PM-5:30PM
Venue: Room 207; Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, 20 Boromarachachonani Road, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand