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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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Excellent gift shop, place to buy your textiles

Weary of paying fees for every bridge, cave, waterfall, etc. in Laos, we decided not to pay the 20,000 kip entrance fee and went to have a look at the gift shop instead. They had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

Weary of paying fees for every bridge, cave, waterfall, etc. in Laos, we decided not to pay the 20,000 kip entrance fee and went to have a look at the gift shop instead. They had some interesting enthnographic books to learn more about the various ethnic groups in Laos, as well as beautiful textiles, scarfs, and skirts made by local... More 

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

Thank you for your review! The TAEC shop features handicrafts from rural communities across Lao with handicrafts from more than 30 different ethnic groups. We appreciate your support! Your purchase helps to support the village life of our producers, while keeping distinct traditional techniques in weaving, dyeing, embroidery and silverwork alive. More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

Disappointing attraction. With all of Laos' ethnic background, this small 'museum' failed terribly. The displays filled all of 1 room, the other was dedicated to a video presentation and the next a small shop. I had this place on top of my list of 'things to do in Luang Prabang' but sadly wasn't impressed at all.

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

We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit to Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. We aim to promote appreciation for the cultures and skills of Laos’ peoples in the space we have available and our exhibitions are designed to provide an introduction to cultural diversity in Laos. We currently feature the Hmong, Tai Lue, Akha, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

A brief visit to this museum allows the visitor to have a reasonable overview and understanding of the various tribes of Laos. I felt that spending less than an hour here was worthwhile and a small amount of time on my part resulted in an at least reasonable understanding of the tribes presented. It is slightly difficult to find, but... More 

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

Thanks Anna for your review! We're glad to hear you found the museum helpful to better understand the many diverse groups in Laos. You can also view the videos on Youtube. Look for the Stitching Our Stories channel. We also have more comfortable chairs on the patio and the videos are there too! Happy Travels! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

They show you some very small / underwhelming exhibits while asking for a lot of donations. None of it is worth the walk up the hill.

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Avignon, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

This is a fine little museum, a bit hard to find, but worth the effort.It presents information on the town, but specially on the hill-tribes.Nice shop

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015

Informative display and beautiful textiles. Outstanding shop with well designed, authentic goods that are fairly priced. I believe 50% of sales are donated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

Homogeneity is not a word that is applicable to the people of Laos. They come from many diverse groups, all with different art forms. This museum gives one a very good picture and helps with understanding.

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad to know you appreciate our exhibitions! More 

Brisbane Region, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015 via mobile

Only three rooms of exhibits that take about fifteen minutes to see with some reading. A waste of time and definitely not worth the money!

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and we are sorry you were disappointed with your experience. We aim to provide an accurate and current picture of the many ethnic groups in Laos with original objects, videos, and text, even with limited space. Some visitors take as little as five minutes to go through the museum –... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

I am tired of being charged stupid prices for things which would be free anywhere else. Sure its a nice museum, but you've seen it all in ten minutes and you're down the price of a good lunch or a massage. You get just as much info at any of the shops and it costs you nothing. Laos needs to... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. TAEC is an independent museum and we rely on entry fees to help keep our doors open and provide accurate and engaging information about Laos’ cultural diversity for both tourists and locals. Unfortunately, Laos’ government does not have the resources to support a wide variety of cultural activities as governments in more developed countries do.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

This is an informative and interesting presentation and the man on tickets and bag storage is pleasant and friendly. Don't expect anything from the 'cafe' though - go back to your favourite :).

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

Thank you for your review! We're glad to know you enjoyed your visit to our exhibitions about the diverse ethnic groups in Laos. Our patio cafe is available for special events, but catering must be arranged in advance. We serve local drinks (iced Lao coffee, rosella, and jujube) everyday. More 

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