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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 06000, 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 Dam, 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 from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. Approximately 50% of the price of the products goes back to our village producers. TAEC also boasts a kids 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 06000, Laos
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not large, the Centre is informative and well set out. Interesting for us living in Myanmar was the similarities to Chin and Shan culture and the displays. The gift shop was great at promoting authentic, local products. Check opening hours (see picture) as closed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this museum. The entry price is very reasonable, the displays are interesting and informative and the traditional crafts in the store are beautiful. I'd say this is a good stop for families if the adults want some culture but the kids can't...More

Thank Dana K
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic resource. Kudos to those who run it. Good place to get information on the different ethnic groups that makes up Laos. 50% of the proceed from the sale of the shops goes back to the craftspeople/villagers. Worth supporting knowing the money do go back...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

This Centre holds an amazing display of local Laos tribes’ dress, weaving, art and culture. Khoun is one of the co-founders and has won fellowships to the Smithsonian based on her work. She brought back even greater skills to explain these local cultures in visually...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre also have a boutique shop situated in the main part of Luang Prabang, just across from the Villa Santi Hotel. The shop and its products are wonderful and so well priced. The shop showcases some amazing handicrafts from around...More

Thank Frances B
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TAECLaos, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Thank you so much Frances B, we're so glad you appreciated the time that goes into our artisan-made crafts!

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Close to the centre of town, the centre is housed in a small single storey building which charges a small fee for entry. The number of exhibits was less than expected, mainly in two rooms but all caringly displayed and labelled. A number of ethnic...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The Centre was closed on the day it was scheduled for our itinerary. We were in Luang Prabang in the middle of New Years (an experience in itself.) Fortunately, we were able to make a quick (too quick) stop at the Centre on our way...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

This museum is so interesting, well organized and incredibly informative about Laos' ethnic groups. It is truly a hidden gem and well worth a visit. The museum shop is filled with beautifully handcrafted items that are fair trade and contribute to the economic development of...More

Thank Jude K
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

We enjoyed this museum. There isn't a lot there but it's of very good quality and beautifully displayed to understand the clothing / textiles of the various tribes. There is also lovely gift shop and some craft workshops.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Information regarding the hill tribes. Not a huge display so doesn’t take long to do. Loved the video at the end of various people telling their own stories and experiences. Unless you are interested in this type of info do not go.

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Ngan H
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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
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