About Us

The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) promotes professional competence, awareness and preservation of cultural heritage, in the fields of archaeology and fine arts in Southeast Asia. It is a regional centre constituted in 1985 from the SEAMEO Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts, which provided the acronym ‘SPAFA’. The Centre is part of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), an international organization dedicated to promoting co-operation in education, science and culture in Southeast Asia.

Member Countries

  •   Brunei Darussalam
  •   Cambodia
  •   Indonesia
  •   Lao PDR
  •   Malaysia
  •   Myanmar
  •   Philippines
  •   Singapore
  •   Thailand
  •   Timor-Leste
  •   Vietnam

Associate Member Countries

  •   Australia
  •   Canada
  •   France
  •   Germany
  •   Kingdom of Morocco
  •   Netherlands
  •   New Zealand
  •   Spain
  •   United Kingdom

Founding Purposes

Cultivate awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage through collaborations.

Promote archaeological and cultural activities.

Further professional competence in archaeology and fine arts.

Advance mutual understanding among the countries of Southeast Asia.

Our History

The Centre Directors

Name Tenure of Office
Mr Khemchat Thepchai 1 October 2022 – Present
Mrs Somlak Charoenpot 2019 – 2022
Dr M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn 2010 – 2019
Dr Pisit Charoenwongsa 1999 – 2010
Dr Ruang Charoenchai 1993 – 1998
Prof. M.C. Subhadradis Diskul 1987 – 1993



SEAMEO SPAFA’s alumni refers to individuals who have participated in past projects and activities carried out by SEAMEO SPAFA.
Below are lists (in PDF format) of SEAMEO SPAFA alumni categorised by the eleven SEAMEO-member countries in alphabetical order. Each list covers the years from 1978 to 2011*