The Yangon Branch Office, Myanmar

Head: Jacques Leider
c/o Institut français de Birmanie
340 Pye Road, Sanchaung township
Yangon, Myanmar
Tél : + 95 (1) 536 900 / 537 122 / 535 428

Assistant: Ms Khin Khin Zaw


The EFEO has been active in Burma with the inventory of the Pagan monuments since the 1980's. Work on this site was undertaken by Pierre Pichard from 1980 - 1987 in the framework of a UNESCO project. In 2002, with the arrival of Jacques Leider, the School opened a Branch Office in Myanmar. Up until 2008 it was located in the Regional Centre for History and Tradition (CHAT), an institution founded under the international aegis of SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization). Currently the EFEO branch office has been relocated to the French Cultural Centre.

Current projects:

Today the EFEO Burma Centre, enjoys limited access to cooperative activity, although, considerable opportunities exist for individual projects.

Since 2002, the Centre's projects have focused, above all, on transcribing the previously unpublished Arakan manuscripts that have provided new data in historiography and political history and offered better understanding the Arakan culture and religion during the Mrauk-U epoch. Since 2005 a project to collect the Arakan inscriptions has contributed to the first systematic collection of lithographs from the region of Burma.

Since 2007 research on the first period of the Konbaung dynasty has led to the reexamination of the royal chronicles by comparing them to the royal orders, more precisely the chronicles issued under the reign of Alaungmintaya.

Despite its limitations the EFEO Yangon Branch Office - a unique facility in a complex environment -- members continue advising doctoral students and welcoming French and international scholars.

Release of the photographic collection of Luc Mogenet

999 photographs taken by Luc Mogenet at Laos especially at Luang Prabang between 1968 and 1973 are now on line on the photo library website.
Paris EFEO Seminar

Monday 26th March François Lagirarde (EFEO) speaks on "Épigraphie et religion: le bouddhisme du Nord de la Thaïlande dans les inscriptions anciennes (XIIIe-XVIIe siècle)

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris READ MORE
EFEO Field Scholarships - 1st Semester 2018

The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 31st of March 2018.
L’invention des dynasties : les « rois anciens » du pays tamoul
Paris, France,

On Monday 5th February Charlotte Schmid (EFEO) is speaking on L'invention des dynasties : les « rois anciens » du pays tamoul.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Season's Greetings 2018

The Ecole française d'Extrême Orient (French School of Asian Studies) wishes you a Happy New Year

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