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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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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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Back strap weaving was awesome!!!

If you are interested in weaving or the cultural experience you will have the best time with the backstrap half day course. The teacher is amazing and so sweet, she is great at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in weaving or the cultural experience you will have the best time with the backstrap half day course. The teacher is amazing and so sweet, she is great at explaining and we were laughing the whole morning. So much fun and well worth it!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This centre is quite a small place but it is full of interesting information about the Laos people and the minority groups that can be seen in Laos as well as some of the neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. They have great summaries on each of these minority groups which is strengthened through displays relating to their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though it's a small place but it's full of interesting content presented well. Learn about the different groups and the different textiles they produce. There's a Free Tour every Friday at 3pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small center focuses on the various ethnic groups in Laos, along with their cultural differences and traditional crafts. Very well laid out with excellent signage. Beautiful artifacts. Nice children's area with traditional clothes for dress up and coloring. A thoroughly enjoyable way to gain a better understanding of this country and its people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice small museum just east of the main street. (on the left and up a short street/driveway). Interesting displays of the clothing and jewelry of the different ethnic groups in Laos. Very well laid out with informative descriptions of the ethnic groups. The gift shop had great woven items at very reasonable prices. The items were hand (not machine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With this visit you will get to find out the various tribes that make out Laos.You will get to see the various culture differences of the tribes.You will get a chance to donate to the course of preserving their heritage

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited taec and we had a free english tour as well (fridays 3pm). It is a small museum but you can learn a lot about ethnic minorities and understand more about lao culture. They seem to do a lot of work to support the traditional arts. It worh visiting if you are in Luang Prabang.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this little museum was very well done! I really appreciated the background information (history, language, etc) about the four ethnic groups. As a crafter, I loved the beautiful garments, jewelry, and headdresses and the exhibits describing how the textiles and beads were made. The Museum is a little walk up a hill, but I loved the walk, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set back from the Main Street in Luang Prabang this centre is near the Mount Phousi temple. It provides an insight into the lives of the hill people of northern Laos, how they live and the produce they make. We visited the north later in our trip and met with many of the villages represented here so it was doubly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely setting, beautiful building, interesting displays. Remember its open on Sunday but closed on Mondays. I liked entering from the small side street where you can walk right past the local residents houses and interact with them.

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