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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
Phone Number: +856 71 253 364
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Description: 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. 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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Really enjoyed our cycle ride here. The staff spoke very good English and explained in detail the process the women were working on. The ladies working were happy for you to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our cycle ride here. The staff spoke very good English and explained in detail the process the women were working on. The ladies working were happy for you to look closely at there work. Really pleased we stopped here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Although there is a 25,000 fee per person it's worth it. There are seven excellent documentaries to watch which I highly recommend. It will give you an insight into Laos culture.

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

First - you will have to leave bags at the pay desk. Not sure why but just do it! A small "centre" - really a small museum of culture outlining the different groups who have lived in Laos eg the Hmong. Traditional dress shown for each and nice detail about their beliefs and way of life. Just the right amount... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This small museum is well worth a visit. The area is well set out and information is given in English. The textile garments from the various ethnic peoples show much craftsmanship and the cultural information was very interesting and informative.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

An interesting display of local costumes and customs but only takes 20-30 minutes to look round. 25000 kip entry, can't take water in. We didn't try the cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a wonderful small centre on the edge of phousi hill. Great inf and well laid out, then when you are done visit the shop on the Main Street too

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I bought several things here--silk scarves, table cloths, all very well priced. Just a short walk over the bamboo bridge--go up the hill--take a left then a quick right and walk down the long road-you will see lots of shops!

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

An excellent museum and shop selling local handwoven bags, scarves, clothing with the added bonus that 50% of profits are directed to the local artisans. The quality of workmanship for sale is excellent. There are well prepared displays of each tribe's village living, skills, dress and ceremonies. An essential visit to understand the people of Laos.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Small, personal and interesting. Would love to see more and visit more of the places that contribute to the center.

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Attractively laid out, fairly interactive and very informative for a first time visitor to Lao. The attached shop and cafe are worth a look too.

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