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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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Adelaide, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Well worth a visit with informative and well displayed material on ethnic cultures across Laos. Nice shop too.

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Information and displays, showing the ethnic groups of Laos, plus a cafe that serves traditional ethnic food.

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Okinawa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This should be everyone's first destination in Luang Prabang! The exhibition is small but very informative and interesting. We learnt so much about Lao culture and we wish we'd visited earlier as what we learnt made us understand some much more for the rest of our time in Lao. The shop and cafe are also great. Highly recommended.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

You can learn a lot about Laos here- which is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. There is a rich culture that this small museum can not possibly fully cover, yet its a great place to get an introduction to Laos history and culture.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

You will be in-and-out in an hour, but it's worth the effort to get a better understanding of the cultural and ethnic diversity in the most unknown country in South-East Asia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

very good exhibition about the laos ethnic diversity with costumes and pictures , little films ; the Centre is selffunding so every visit will help them to develop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Small but excellent exhibition with lots of information about the different ethnological groups and sub groups in Lao. You get to see some dresses, pottery, jewelry and tools, but the really amazing part is the empathy, objectivity and neutral perspective with which the information is giving. You can read between the lines the respect and fondness the different groups see... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Luang Prabang is a delightful city, it is therefore fitting that the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre hold an equally delightfully ethnographical exhibit. The museum is located centrally, just of the main road, the exhibit is very well designed and the objects are truly spectacular. The museum is small but does cover every aspect you could ever care for. It... More 

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

The museum is not that big, most of the contents in there covers the wedding customs of Laos people (generally) and how one tribe's wedding customs is different from another. There's really nothing much to see here. If you don't have a lot of days to stay in Luang Prabang, I'd suggest skipping it. It's quite easy to access though,... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

This centre captures the diversity of the ethnic groups in Laos in a fascinating old building. The staff here are lovely and happy to chat. I bought quite a few handicrafts from the shop and it's nice to know that 50% of the proceeds go to the villagers. The table cloth I bought looks fabulous at home! Well worth checking... More 

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