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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

| At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Opened in 2007, TAEC is a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions about the diverse ethnic groups of Laos. Permanent Exhibitions highlight the Akha, Kmhmu, Tai Lue, and Hmong ethnic minorities. On display now is a special exhibition entitled, "Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts". This exhibit features the Job's tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to mainland Southeast Asia, to demonstrate the important relationship between humans and nature. On display are unusual artefacts, including a Chin headdress that uses porcupine quills, and magnificent necklaces from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. Visitors are treated to a visually stunning display allowing them to explore the meaningful role of the environment in the daily lives of rural ethnic communities. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. TAEC also boasts an extensive family activity centre, ethnobotanical garden, and patio cafe with cold refreshments making the museum a perfect destination for children and adults.
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| At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked onto the bamboo weaving course at the centre it cost us 96,000kipp or $12 the day before (paying in kipp worked out cheaper) . You must have at least two of you for the course to go ahead so grab a partner and...More

Thank Abbi S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tiny little museum with examples of Laotian costume. It's well worth the visit if you have any interest at all in the fabrics. It also has a good little shop at the back with locally made goods. We also did a course...More

Thank Judy12343
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked for a weaving class, but only found out it was cancelled when we wanted to postpone it - so that worked out anyway. The responses came quick through email, and it was nice to know someone was always on the other side of...More

Thank beachedmermaid
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Hmong Embroidery class in late June. First, we had an informative tour around the museum. Then, we met our teacher, who was very kind and helpful. We picked our pattern and then we started embroidering. Our teacher explained how to embroider and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely morning learning basket weaving and embroidery. Very friendly, patient and informative staff. The whole family enjoyed it, recommend to all budding artisans out there.

Thank PnJBu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to know about the four main tribes in Laos and some of their customs then this is the place to come. Although small it is packed with information and artefacts. There is a small shop selling local wares and a coffee shop...More

Thank Caz C
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This centre helps to promote the local culture to the visitors with exhibitions, hand-ons and possibly visits to the local tribes. It is located on a small hill well hidden from the main road. Recommend to visit here first before a trip to the local...More

Thank George_Loker
Reviewed 10 June 2017

For such a small space, about 3 rooms this museum packs quite a punch above its weight. If you want to know the different ethnicity and crafts that made this state beautiful and remarkable then this serves as a quick stop enough for 45min after...More

Thank byrone29
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review! We are so pleased to hear you learned a great deal in our three main exhibition rooms. We also agree that a quick 45 minute stop is more than enough to arm you with knowledge to help understand Laos'...More

Reviewed 7 June 2017

We did the 3-hour Hmong embroidery workshop, which included a tour of the museum and a drink, in addition to the embroidery lesson. The staff at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre were both informative and personable. We were able to see, firsthand, how much...More

Thank lindsclay
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

My friends and I did the morning Hmong Embroidery workshop. Included in the price was a short but informative tour of part of the museum. After that, we were taken to the lovely front porch where our teacher, a sweet Hmong university student, instructed us...More

Thank Dhzkfallis
TAECLaos, General Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with your handicraft workshop! We also think that a craft workshop is a wonderful way of learning how difficult these crafts are and spending time with artisans themselves and making a connection. We're pleased you and your friends enjoyed...More

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Ngan H
13 November 2016|
Response from TAECLaos | Property representative |
Thanks for your question and interest in TAEC! Currently, our permanent exhibition showcases in-depth exhibits on four of the ethnic groups in Laos (Akha, Hmong, Kmhmu, Tai Lue), as well as an introduction section with a... More