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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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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 Dam, 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 from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. Approximately 50% of the price of the products goes back to our village producers. TAEC also boasts a 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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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

In this museum you can see more of the life and crafts of the many varied hill tribes of Lao. The displays are very well organised and informative. It gives lots of information about areas that you ma not be able to visit.

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

The centre is free to visit and the information is aplenty - do drop by to further understand the extend of the tribes in Laos while also seeing local costumes and supporting villagers through purchases.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016

The TAEC is a small but very interesting museum in Luang Prabang. They teach you about the different tribes that live in north laos.

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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This centre gives a good background explanation to the local people of Laos and their livelihoods. It will only take an hour to visit and is well worth it. I looked at the items on sale at the night market in a completely different light....More

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Although the museum has only a few rooms you can spend easily 1 to 2 hours here. Laos has many minorities and some are highlighted. There are some nice documentaries as well. You can try some local fruit juices at the end as well. If...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

It’s a small exhibition, without a guided tour might be useless. On Friday 3 pm is a free guided tour (English or French available). Excellent explanations. At least with the entrance fee you support the projects of the Centre. There are interesting projects on YouTube....More

2  Thank mikecebu49
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

it's a small museum. I like the corner where they put a video of interviews of the traditional local women, old & young, comparing their different experiences as housewives & bearing children.

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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We enjoyed the exhibits and kids activities. Informative and a nice place to wander through. The shop was also nice--staff were well-informed and able to explain the different textiles.

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Reviewed 22 June 2016

A sweet little museum, tucked away up a hill on the side road to Phousi. I find it a fascinating look at the different Laos tribal groups, with a small cafe and a museum shop where you can purchase cultural items such as traditional clothing...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2016

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang is a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Learn about the different ethnic groups in Lao. The photographic exhibition focussing on women was a highlight.

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Ngan H
13 November 2016|
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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
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