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“Nice morning stroll, nice outlook over LP”

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 27 August 2014

One of the cleanest steps going up to a stupa we've been on in a while. Just under 200 steps to the top, clean, shaded paved path/steps to the top. Good view over Luang Prabang.

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TAECLAOS, Public Relations Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2014

This review is for Mount Phousi. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a museum located at the foot of Phousi Hill. You can access TAEC from Kitsalat Road near the Dara Market. After visiting TAEC you can continue up Phousi Hill to the top to visit the temple and enjoy a great view!

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Friendly staff and whilst not the most exciting place, it does as it is intended which is to show some history of the LAOS people from each of the different ethnic backgrounds including their clothing and also some of the unique things that they create...

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Well laid out museum in a colonial mansion giving an excellent introduction to the rich variation of tribes in the country. If you like to know a bit more about all those lovely Lao people you meet, then you should go here. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Good presentation of Northern hill tribes through their costumes and jewels..Videos show their rituals.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

I went here as I had some extra time to kill. For 25,000 kip, the exhibition is indeed very small. My friend and I finished the museum in about 45min. If you do not have the time or on a budget, you can skip this.

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