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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. Interactive and immersive, TAEC's newest...more
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The TAEC Museum is a pretty small museum displaying traditional costumes of some of the ethnic tribes of Laos. It's a good place to learn about the ethnic tribes, and to see their traditional costumes up close, especially if you are into the many different...More
I was so pleasantly surprised with this small museum. It is extremely informative and it’s obvious that there is research behind the exhibitions. I visited the one in Chiang Rai as well and even though that one was also informative this one is in another...More
You really SHOULD go here! A colonial house, redone to showcase, in three rooms, the vast and beautiful diversity of Laotian 'minority' cultures. Even if you are not going trekking in the mountains, you should visit this museum to get a good look at the...More
By far the best ethnology museum in South East Asia. It's small, but very well done, presenting Laos' ethnic groups not in a time capsule, but as their customs are evolving in the present day. Kid's under 12 are free, and they have a great...More
I have visited the TAEC several times as I visit Luang Prabang somewhat regularly. I was so impressed with my most recent visit that I felt compelled to write a new review of the museum! My group decided to book the Director's tour and it...More
The museum is a social enterprise which is quite an outstanding initiative. They support the artisans of the different ethnic groups in Laos by selling their handmade items and giving them the profits. Profits from exhibition also go towards maintaining cultural heritage of multiethnic Laos....More
A small museum but with excellent curated artifacts and carefully written explanation. I especially liked the videos and sound recordings of traditional musical instruments and the background on how these instruments are made and the role they play in peoples' lives. At the end of...More
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is small, but it has clear, beautifully presented displays on the daily life, clothing, music, and ceremonies of Lao minority ethnic groups. This is what a museum should be. Well worth a visit. Stop on your way up Mt...More
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” ― James A. Michener
No visit to Luang Prabang is complete without a visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. If you are visiting Laos...More
Date of experience: November 2018
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TAECLaos, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the kind review Daniel! We couldn't agree more.
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
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 map, listings of all the officially recognised groups in Laos, and common categorisations. The temporary exhibition currently on display is "Seeds of Culture" featuring ethnic groups from Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, with jewellery, headdresses, and traditional clothing.
There are thought to be over 100 different groups in Laos, but instead of trying to interpret all of these ethnicities (which would be quite overwhelming!) we have chosen to provide an accessible look at a few of the groups. Through these groups, we can demonstrate the issues that many of Laos' ethnic communities are undergoing, and highlight the fascinating material culture, rituals, and beliefs that are still thriving in Laos.
The entry fee is 25,000k (about US$3.00). Every Friday at 3pm, there is a free tour, and Thursdays and Saturdays, we hold handicraft workshops -- Hmong Embroidery and Kmhmu Basket Weaving. Please check our website and FB pages for more information!