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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Opened in 2007, TAEC is a museum with permanent and temporary...
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Type: Museums
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. The Museum Shop features handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos. The Cafe offers refreshing drinks and a small activity centre with books about Laos.
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

TAEC is tiny. If you're not the reading type, don't come. However if you take the time to read the various posters put up in conjunction with the tribal exhibits such as traditional clothes and implements, you will be fascinated with the wealth of information on the various Lao people groups. The current exhibition also features some videos of interviews... More 

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

Thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. TAEC exhibits are presented in Lao and English and we also have translations in French, German, and Japanese available at the front desk. We work with over 600 artisans in 12 provinces in Laos and greatly appreciate your support of the diverse ethnic traditions and handicraft techniques in Laos. Happy... More 

Bristol, UK
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Not much substance here, outdated exhibits and few of them. Just three rooms, some posters explaining the ethnicity of local peoples. Some nice clothing but that's about it.

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

Thank you for your feedback. TAEC is an independent, non-profit museum and handicrafts organisation. We are sorry to hear you felt the exhibits were outdated. We rotate objects and exhibitions every year, and our newest temporary temporary exhibition, Caregivers to Culture Keepers: Stories from Women in a Changing Laos, opened in October 2014. We created this exhibit in collaboration with... More 

Los Angeles, California
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76 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Explains well the local tribes with nice exhibits and gift shop. Exhibits of tribal clothing. Even a tie on baby carrier you can try out.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a place that is often not mentioned. It's a place really worth visiting if you want to know about Lao culture and the tribal groups plus their handicraft. Also for those of you who want to buy scarves, please buy there as they are lovely and authentic - you won't get ripped off like I did in the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a small but well presented museum with an interesting video on shamanism. The staff are very friendly and well informed.

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Sierra Foothills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is well-designed and very informative. The displays of various groups of the people of Laos is presented in a clear manner with excellent English explanations. The section highlighting the impact of women on Laotian culture is especially provocative. This is certainly a "must-see" attraction on Luang Prabang.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very well done , with accurate exhibits about many lao ethnic groups and their customs. There is also a good shop that supports ethnic artists. Good alternative to the temples!

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Dunblane
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Worth spending some time here to learn about the people & customs of Laos, but I think the better quality goods were sold at the boutique in town.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

If you are looking for somewhere to escape the mid day sun this Museum is perfect and you will end up understanding a lot more about the people from Laos. The displays are very well presented with descriptions in English as well as Lao..

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I loved my visit! Those who complain of the high entry cost - consider it a donation to the great work the center is doing, namely the following: - Research on ethnic minorities and tribal villages in Laos, in an effort to preserve culture - Fair Trade souvenirs - supports artisans, mainly poor village woman, to earn income using their... More 

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