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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
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+856 71 253 364
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09:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Small but interesting

This is a small but well presented museum with an interesting video on shamanism. The staff are very friendly and well informed.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

This is a small but well presented museum with an interesting video on shamanism. The staff are very friendly and well informed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014 via mobile

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is well-designed and very informative. The displays of various groups of the people of Laos is presented in a clear manner with excellent English explanations. The section highlighting the impact of women on Laotian culture is especially provocative. This is certainly a "must-see" attraction on Luang Prabang.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014 via mobile

Very well done , with accurate exhibits about many lao ethnic groups and their customs. There is also a good shop that supports ethnic artists. Good alternative to the temples!

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

Many thanks for your kind feedback! Currently our exhibits feature information on the Akha, Hmong, Lao, Kmhmu, and Tai Lue ethnic groups. We work with our advisors and researchers to ensure our information is as accurate as possible. Many visitors to Laos do not realize how diverse the country is, and we hope we can play a part in helping... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Worth spending some time here to learn about the people & customs of Laos, but I think the better quality goods were sold at the boutique in town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

If you are looking for somewhere to escape the mid day sun this Museum is perfect and you will end up understanding a lot more about the people from Laos. The displays are very well presented with descriptions in English as well as Lao..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2014

I loved my visit! Those who complain of the high entry cost - consider it a donation to the great work the center is doing, namely the following: - Research on ethnic minorities and tribal villages in Laos, in an effort to preserve culture - Fair Trade souvenirs - supports artisans, mainly poor village woman, to earn income using their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

A short course in Lao ethnology. Stay and see the videos of village artists maintaining traditional crafts. It will give you a lot of respect when you see the finished products in the market.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

We learned about the different ethnic groups in Laos and saw displays of their colorful, traditional clothing. The marriage rituals and ceremonies are quite interesting as well. there is a gift shop with some pricey items but we chose not to purchase anything. Overall interesting but quite small.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

We visited the TEAC in October 2014. It was the first time any of our group had been there. We are doctors and nurses learning English with our teacher. We work for Lao Friends Hospital for Children (fwab.org). The Centre is very interesting. You can see a lot of things about Lao culture and different lifestyles. You can also buy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

A real insight into the regional differences and traditions of Laos, in particular the work and skills of the womenfolk. There are exhibits on culture, dress, fabrics, healing and lots more. A small shop sells a variety of certified local fabrics, jewelry etc. It's a bit of a climb up a steep lane, but worth the effort (and there is... More 

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