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Seameo Regional Centre for History and Tradition (SEAMEO CHAT) has established since 15 December 2000 and located in heart of Myanmar, Yangon.

SEAMEO CHAT has several programs such as:

Lecture Series

SEAMEO CHAT has conducted Lecture of History and Culture of Southeast Asian Countries, Annual program called Myanmar History From Myanmar Perspective, and also Study on Mon Society and Culture program. These programs have aim to give better understanding about Myanmar history through discussion among people and scholar, wrapped up with lecture and field trip.

Training Programs

SEAMEO CHAT has conducted capacity building programs for academic staffs from university in Yangon and Mandalay region. Moreover, training on Managing Intangible Culture Heritage, partnership with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan.

Conference, Seminars, and Workshop

SEAMEO CHAT has held International Conference on Tradition in a Changing World, Workshop on International Networking Project to Share Experiences of Sustainable Development and to Cope with Natural Hazards of the Periphery of Bengal Bay, Women Ancestry and Heritage Project, and other events in collaboration with reputable organizations such as UNESCO, Oxford University, George Mason University, FREDA, Yezin Agricultural Univesity, CSEAS, and so on. For younger generation, SEAMEO CHAT has also conducted Impromptu Talk Competition in The Eyes of Digital Generation.

All these programs are to deepen and advance knowledge of history and tradition of Southeast Asian.


In cooperate with community, SEAMEO CHAT has held some exhibition, such as Myanmar Tradition of Bamboo and Ceramic Traditions in Myanmar, moreover, Seameo Chat also conducted an exhibition “A Journey through the Myeik Archipelago, in collaboration with CNRS, France.

Other than activities have mentioned, SEAMEO CHAT has also published researches and publications related to history in tradition of Southeast Asian.

We will continue our work and we are open for anyone who wants to learn and research about history, tradition, heritage, and culture among Southeast Asian countries.

Directors, Professionals and Support Staff Members