The Bangkok Centre, Thailand

Bangkok Centre

Head : Gregory Kourilsky
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: Gregory Kourilski

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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Meeting with director of the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre
15 FEBRUARY 22 On February 15th, 2022, the EFEO Bangkok centre had a meeting with Dr. Komatra Chuengsatiansup (นายแพทย์โกมาตร  ... Read more
Gregory Kourilsky @ Center of Khmer Studies (CKS), Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
02 NOVEMBER 21 On November 2nd, Gregory Kourilsky participated in the regional seminar on the epigraphical studies organised by Hunter Watson (National University of Singapore) at the  ... Read more
Gregory Kourilsky, new chief of the EFEO Bangkok centre (Sep 1st, 2021)
01 SEPTEMBER 21 Welcome Gregory Kourilsky, the new chief of the EFEO Bangkok.Research specialization area : Southeast Asian BuddhismPublications (recent & selected)  ... 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
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