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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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Address: | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
Phone Number:
+856 71 253 364
09:00 - 18:00
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Opened in 2007, TAEC is a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions...

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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Closed Monday so had to make second trip.Interesting to learn about ethnic groups especially the Hmong.Good museum shop and coffee shop.

Reviewed 23 February 2015
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

Loved learning about the culture of the ethnic minority groups that make Lao what it is. Just wonderful!

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Reviewed 23 February 2015

Closed Monday so had to make second trip.Interesting to learn about ethnic groups especially the Hmong.Good museum shop and coffee shop.

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Reviewed 22 February 2015

This is a must to visit. A good review of Lao minorities. And they have a small shop where you can buy nice textiles

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Reviewed 19 February 2015

If you have the time to go in the farther villages, do that. If not, this very little place has authentic costumes and day to day articles as baby carriers from the ethnic minorities of Laos. The center of Luang Prabang has a lot of "designer shops" which do not do anything to encourage the traditional way of life in... More 

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

they have a done a great job to showcase the Ethnic tribes of Laos their show and pictures tell it all, buy their fabrics and hand woven scarfs. must go location

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

Good place to understand various ethnic groups in Laos. Also, gift shop was great to buy beautiful and unique hadicrafts made by indigenous women. I bought one~!! :P In addition, there was a small cafe. Everything was great~! Must-visit place in Luang Prabang.

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Reviewed 10 February 2015

A good introduction to the ethnic groups in Laos. A nice gift shop as well. Don't expect it to be a 100,000 sqft New York museum. It's to give you a perspective on the people's of Laos. You can then choose to travel to more rural areas to see people first hand if you wish.

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Reviewed 8 February 2015

A must see .Displays of the different ethnic groups costumes and some artefacts.Very good video exhibit telling of different aspects of their lives today.Really intesting.

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Reviewed 6 February 2015

The centre is like a private museum that provides information on several of Laos' ethnic groups living in the north. The centre isn't large, but the information in the exhibits is concise. The temporary exhibits cover different topics, such as women's roles in society. The shop is full of handicrafts, ranging in price. It is more inviting that the national... More 

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Reviewed 5 February 2015

Weary of paying fees for every bridge, cave, waterfall, etc. in Laos, we decided not to pay the 20,000 kip entrance fee and went to have a look at the gift shop instead. They had some interesting enthnographic books to learn more about the various ethnic groups in Laos, as well as beautiful textiles, scarfs, and skirts made by local... More 

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TAECLAOS, Public Relations Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The TAEC shop features handicrafts from rural communities across Lao with handicrafts from more than 30 different ethnic groups. We appreciate your support! Your purchase helps to support the village life of our producers, while keeping distinct traditional techniques in weaving, dyeing, embroidery and silverwork alive. More 

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