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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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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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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 4 days ago

In the first part of this Centre are traditional wears by ethnic population in Laos. There is a shop where you can buy typical souvenirs.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PuckPasha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andy22L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 427katlas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gernot H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mguptarak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mmasket
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank L3856jermainech
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Peter H
Reviewed November 7, 2018

“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.

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Ngan H
November 13, 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