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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 0600, 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 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 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 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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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is perhaps, the only place in Luang Prabang where you can learn in detail on the ethnic aspects of Lao. The exhibits will show authentic Laotian handcraft.The audio guides are excellent. The museum is very well kept. The staff is very professional. The shop...More

Thank TravelerTrecker
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a brilliant little museum. I learned loads about the different ethnic groups in Laos, and as an amateur seamstress I loved learning more about their textile traditions. The displays were informative, interesting and accessible - loved it all!...More

Thank Kristen D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Small museum but really well cared and interactive.Interesting aspects about Laos and old tribes living around.At the end you can find a small shop with really good souvenirs.

Thank Apostolos_Marina
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

For 20,000 kip, you can learn more about the different ethnic groups of Laos and see a variety of traditional crafts. It is about 45 minutes to go through. At the end, you leave through a delightful shop that buys real crafts and works with...More

Thank wandergenie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved this little museum, we learned loads and the children were engaged from the moment we entered until we left with the help of a great little treasure hunt and help from the enthusiastic staff. It really gave us a much better understanding...More

Thank Renee W
TAECLaos, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Renee, thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so pleased that your children were engaged and our staff could help them enjoy the museum! Happy travels.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small but well laid out museum explaining the different Laos tribes & traditions. I would recommend about an hour or so to visit as there's a small shop & coffee available on site. The tour itself is very interesting with photos &...More

Thank Bella8891
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre was very interesting and educational. Learn more about the people of Laos, the different tribes and their histories. We have so much to learn! If you have time, I'd recommend a stop here. Allow about an hour. It's a...More

Thank lsely
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take an hour to visit this very nice tradition and art ethnology center . Very clearly and interestingly display with photos as well as exhibits . Small coffee shop and museum art shop . Admission 3 USDLRS.

Thank Gidons51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should not miss a visit to this museum. It gives an excellent introduction of the diversity of cultures and costumes of the people of Laos.

Thank Sanj130
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely well laid out museum explaining the different ethnicities in Laos, focusing on items such as their dress and customs. Temporary (I think) exhibition about similarities and differences of uses of a particular seed in clothing and jewellery in countries as diverse as Zimbabwe, Bolivia,...More

Thank AHZambia
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Ngan H
13 November 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