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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | 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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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

The best place in Luang Prabang to view and purchase authentic arts and crafts while supporting the communities which produce them

Thank John T
Reviewed 11 January 2016

A lovely temple overlooking the Mekong River, it has a large and ornate dragon boat on display that is still used in ceremonial races. It is worth seeking out the tree of life mosaic which can be found on an outer wall and the royal...More

Thank putneyhouse
TAECLAOS, Public Relations Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2016

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in Luang Prabang. Your post describes Vat Xieng Thong. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a short walk away (maybe 15 - 20 minutes) at the foot of Phousi Hill and runs a small museum...More

Reviewed 8 January 2016

This is a small but very well laid out and informative exhibition about the minority ethnic groups primarily of Northern Laos. I found it extremely interesting and the new display of short films about different aspects of Lao life is fascinating. The shop (stocking similar...More

2  Thank happytraveller40
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

After having gone to the Tribal Centre in Chiang Mai this one felt very small. There are a few rooms filled with very beautiful traditional costumes. It took us less than half an hour to see everything, an easy stop to add to the tour...More

Thank Viaggiodevi
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Interesting to see the different traditional outfits and fabrics of local peoples in the Luang Prabang area.

1  Thank Joua L
Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

Although small the information provided and the textiles on show give a great insight into the importance of textiles and weaving in the various communities of Laos. It raises the profile of women in particular, who are often marginalised or seen as second class to...More

2  Thank Sarvegetable
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

...but it's mainly about the women members of tribes and the skills they have and what they produce. Didn't learn much about what a man's role is in the tribe, or what he would make/craft etc. Very informative and descriptive though, worth a visit if...More

Thank ben_scott91
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Worth visiting to learn about the ethnic groups of Laos and their traditional rituals. After the tour you can also relax in the cafe trying out some juices (made out of local plants) or look at the souvenirs in an on-site store. Great for a...More

1  Thank TheCluelessAbroad
Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

The museum is very nicely managed, you will have a insight of the different ethnic groups in Laos, pictures and illustrations are all great! Shop sell authentic hand made products. Definitely not to be missed!

2  Thank So_Winnie
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This museum gives the background to the ethnic tribes of Laos and their links with weaving and craft traditions, how they vary and how the skills are being lost or maintained. The museum is really tiny but the information is dense and you can spend...More

1  Thank Smitch83
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Ngan H
14 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