COPE Visitor Centre

COPE Visitor Centre, Vientiane: Hours, Address, COPE Visitor Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

COPE Visitor Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Feb 2020 • Solo
The entrance is free, but I recommend supporting the work of COPE by buying something in the lobby.

There are both paintings, videos, a cinema etc. in the museum; all with the aim to make us understand what a terrible time Laos has been trough - and still is.

It is worth a visit from every person visiting Vientiane. We owe them that as visitors in their country.
Written March 1, 2020
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Maureen H
Hanoi, Vietnam20 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The COPE visitors centre is a must see when visiting Vientiane. Very interesting displays, a short tour, and videos (available in English) outlining the effects of cluster bombs on the Laotian people. They also work to help amputees affected by cluster bombs, as well as birth defects. There is an on-site workshop where they make prosthesis, arthresis, and wheelchairs. There is an ongoing program to continue to clear cluster bombs from the countryside in Laos to make it safe for residents and farmers alike. Worth supporting.
Written February 11, 2020
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Feenixwest
Fort Collins, CO1,477 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was our most meaningful stop in Vientiane. It’s beyond walking from the center so we took a tuk-tuk. There’s a 55 minute movie worth seeing and so in total we spent 2 hours. Well laid out from describing the scope of the problem to resolutions: one in removing or detoning the vast number of UXOs still in the countryside to victim’s medical treatment. Nice gift shop where one can donate concrete items like prostheses. They no longer have need for ad hoc volunteers.
Written January 5, 2020
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John W
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Dec 2019 • Solo
Entry is free but donations are welcome and recommended. The center brings home the plight of ordinary people suddenly and traumatically affected by a forgotten war in which they had no part. The video is worth watching through. The displays cover all aspects of COPE's work. The section on the bombs themselves, particularly the cluster bombs, is chilling. One encouraging fact is that UXO amputees are declining, now outnumbered by traffic accident victims. It is a disgrace that the USA, the government that wreaked this havoc on innocent people, has done so little to clean up the hazard.
Written January 14, 2020
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Gerard en Paulien
Keerbergen, Belgium55 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a small but very impressive kind of memorial museum to show what devastating things happened in Laos during the Vietnam War. The Americans bombed the hell out is this country and it is still today covered with unexploded bombs and mines. This causes even today lots of casualties.
Written February 24, 2020
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Eric C
24 contributions
Jan 2020
The location is about 15-20 minute from the nearest temple and on the periphery of the city. Very interesting museum with artificial limbs and example of small residence with photographs, sketches, and examples of repurposed bomb casings. Many examples of deactivated bombs are shown. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Written March 4, 2020
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Sunita B
Hoi An, Vietnam69 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a place that must be visited during your time in Vientiane. It explains the work of COPE within Laos especially following the on going impact of bombies which were deposited during the wars. COPE is an excellent organisation which is doing great work to help support the people of Laos. It helps to understand some of the Laotian history.
Written February 14, 2020
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ozallan
Sydney, Australia1,505 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a small museum but a must see to understand the recent history of Lao during the Vietnam War & a country most bombed in history. Made even worse by millions of cluster bombs dropped by the USA. There are millions of these which did not explored and are still being found. Many people have been maimed & injured now requiring prosthetic limbs & rehabilitation. And it seems the USA is doing little even now to clean up the mess they created in this small poor country, shame on them!
Written January 21, 2020
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ErikNL2011
Holland69 contributions
Feb 2020
And give them a small donation. The places is very informative and will give you a good insight in recent history of Laos. The small cafe they have serves some delicious ice cream. It is low key and maybe a bit depressing to see some of the things that have happened and are still going on, but well worth a short visit.
Written March 26, 2020
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Ashish J
Pinner, UK114 contributions
Dec 2019
This visitor centre is a stark reminder that how difficult war is for normal people. Impact of the bombings is still being felt around the country. For a country like Laos, which is not resource rich or wealthy, dealing with these impacts becomes even more difficult. This visitor centre articulates what has happened in past and how people are being rehabilitated. One of the must-visits if you are in Vientiane.
Written January 5, 2020
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