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“Amazing museum for amazing cause” 5 of 5 stars
Review of COPE Visitor Centre

COPE Visitor Centre
Boulevard Khouvieng | National Rehabilitation Centre, Vientiane, Laos
+856 (21) 218427
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Vientiane
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Amazing museum for amazing cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I don't often rave about places but this was great.
The museum is small but very detailed and varied with pictures, videos, stories, things to do etc

It also highlights a darker side of Laos and it's history, educating it's visitors and hopefully getting some donations to help the bomb survivors.

We spent around 2hours here, including a stop in the Karma cafe where we indulged in very tasty ice creams and a shake - a good way to donate if nothing in the shop takes your fancy.

Go, educate yourself (and others) and donate to this worthy cause.

Visited April 2013
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“Fascinating.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

A very well put forward display that helps put the big question that most in Laos are afraid to ask, without actually asking it. "Why did the USA drop so many bombs on Laos and why aren't they leading the way to clean them up?" It is stark and subtle at the same time. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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Vientiane, Laos
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“Must see in Vientiane”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you do not go to the COPE Visitor Centre, you really have not been to Vientiane! Just go & do it! And take a bunch of friends. Sobering, humbling and inspiring at every turn. You can really do something here . . . . . no fee but contributions . . . . .

Visited February 2013
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“A Worthwhile Visit To Understand The Impact of War”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The COPE visitor centre gives you a glimpse of the impact the Vietnam war continues to have on Laos. One hour gives time to view the visitor centre and catch a film (I recommend 'Bombies') in the theatre. However if you want more information you could spend hours in the theatre as they have several films available ranging in length from about 15 minutes to an hour in English, German, and Japanese (among others perhaps). Watching too many could draw you into a depression but I still think it's worth it.

If you've been to the MAG visitor centre in Phonsavan there is some overlap with respect to the information and available films. If you're tight on time you might give it a miss but if you have time to spare and you want to learn more COPE has more information on how victims are treated and has more films available. We did both and felt it was worthwhile.

We walked and it took us about 40 minutes from the centre of town. If you're a Lonely Planet user the location of COPE does not appear to be well placed on the map and best not to rely on that. COPE is nested in the hospital complex and although there is signage it can be missed. Your best landmarks along Th Khu Vieng Street are the Green Park hotel (right across the street) and the small collection of tuk tuks out front.

Visited April 2013
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“A must-visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Such a positive, friendly place to come, where your visit means a lot. We came just before Christmas and 'bought' artificial limbs on behalf of our relatives as their presents, got cool cards to send them which told them all about it, was a lovely Christmas idea which they all really loved. It may sound like a depressing subject, but it's done passionately and intelligently - you can really see the constructive and important work going in here (there's even delicious ice cream outside in a little hut). You can also follow COPE on FB, they seem to be holding more and more music concerts and fun things to attend to fundraise for the cause. So worthwhile!

Visited December 2012
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