COPE Visitor Centre
COPE Visitor Centre
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Travis SC
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place
    The interactive exhibits did a wonderful job of educating visitors about the lasting effects of war on people. There was also a small museum showcasing the development of prosthetics and their effects in local communities. Awesome place
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
  • kimberlyvnguyen
    Oakland, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Critical history- of Lao resilience, US atrocities
    The UXO situation as a result of the American Secret War in Laos is worse than anything any dystopian writer could even think to come up with. I knew the facts coming in, but seeing and being confronted with the prosthetics, the household items being made of UXOs, and the clips of children singing the song about bombies continues to be heartbreaking. Centers like these serve as a good awareness campaign, to ban cluster bombs, to inspire support, and direct funding and support to the region.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Julia H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving experience of the suffering of the Lao people
    A very moving and sad experience. Laos was heavily bombed by the Americans during the Vietnam war. It is the most heavily bombed country in the world. More bombs were dropped on low than the total dropped during the Second World War. It was not even involved in the conflict, but served as a corridor for supply lines.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Ciara
    Cork, Ireland21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit in Vientiane
    The COPE visitor centre is well worth visiting. It provides information about the history of UXOs and how they have impacted and continue to impact the people of Laos. We watched one of the short films in the cinema room and it was quite moving, I think it was called Living through Peace. The work COPE currently do is amazing and it was very interesting to learn about how they support members of the community. I'd recommend visiting here while in Vientiane.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • ceci
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Situated a short walk from downtown Vientiane along a tree-lined road, the COPE Visitor Centre is located on the right side of a large compound that includes an indoor stadium. The reception staff were welcoming before we entered into the large exhibition hall that’s sobering and well maintained. We spent less than an hour viewing the documented items and reading the personal accounts of some survivors. The displays of prosthetics are a reminder of those who have picked up pieces of their lives. Stepping out of the Centre into the bright sunshine, we sat at a nearby breezy pavilion to let the information sink in, and I wished the country will also do more to step - away from its tragic past.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 2, 2023
  • palawanismyhome
    Palawan Island, Philippines24,387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    This was our third time in Vientiane and our first visit to the center and we found it extremely interesting and sad to see all the injuries from the American ordnance. The staff were very friendly and answered all our questions. many used prosthetics were on display along with photos of victims and their stories. You can request to see a documentary in the movie room. The entrance is free but you can leave a donation or purchase a few items at their gift shop such as hats, coffee, t-shirts and many other items. For me this is a place not to be missed while you are in Vientiane.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    A very well organized and impactful display. It was both informative and touching, showing the real impact of UXO on people's lives, but also that there can be some hope too. It's worth splurging on the souvenir shop as it's for a great cause and we got some nice things too.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • D1boyle
    Pleasanton, California45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see visit that you won't get on your tour guide itinerary.
    A must visit for all Americans. This center was not on our itinerary but one of our guides recommended it to us since we were interested in how the Vietnam war affected the country of Lao, whose government declared neutrality during the war. We were blown away (pun intended) by the facts of the B-52 cluster bombings that still cause deaths to this day, over 50 years of suffering. The short visit to the visitor center in the heart of Vientiane is a must see that will take only 45 minutes of your time but will stay in your mind much longer. It is free but you can donate by credit card or dollars to the MAG foundation.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • tenthlisten
    San Francisco, California308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative and Comprehensive Displays
    The COPE Visitor Centre was very informative. We learned a lot about the impact of cluster bombs, which continues to be felt today. The displays are comprehensive and present information in an objective manner, focusing on the prosthetics that they supply to those who need them. It's an emotional visit in a small space that can be covered in approximately an hour. I highly recommend a visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Ethan C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You don't need a lot of time here but it's worth checking out
    You should definitely check out this spot. It's incredibly educational and highlights the tremendous efforts being made to support those affected by unexploded ordnances in a certain Southeast Asian country. My kide, 9 and 11, were touched by the narratives and artwork created by local youngsters. Admission is free, so any contributions you can make are greatly appreciated.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 4, 2024
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John W
Jindabyne, Australia563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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sgaluh
Berlin, Germany29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The exhibit contains a wealth of information ranging from what UXO is, how UXOs are detected, to how COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) works to help victims of UXO and other disabled people. The entrance is free, but you can give donation either by cash or card. The staff in the reception are very welcoming and are happy to answer any questions you may have as well. Definitely worth visiting and supporting.
Written August 9, 2022
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Gerard en Paulien
Keerbergen, Belgium55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
London, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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2015PAUL5102
Brussels, Belgium38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
COPE is born to try to help the Lao people who are still victims of the dirty bombing of Laos and Cambodia by the American CIA. The Americans dropped a deluge of bombs, cluster bombs and chemicals (agent Orange) during the Vietnam war and all this secretly. Now Laotians and Cambodians are paying the price with deaths by explosions, health issues. Cope tries to provide reh abilations tools and other technical help for the people who are losing limbs due the mines and unexploded ordnance.
A must to visit in Vientiane. Each visit supports their essential work.
Written February 28, 2023
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ozallan
Sydney, Australia1,851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Holland98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A very well organized and impactful display. It was both informative and touching, showing the real impact of UXO on people's lives, but also that there can be some hope too. It's worth splurging on the souvenir shop as it's for a great cause and we got some nice things too.
Written December 17, 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A slight walk out of the main town but entry is free. You can spend probably an hour or so there and you can find out lots of information about what is being done to help locals recover from injuries, including prosthetics. There is also pieces on education for the locals, including real life stories from children and adults affected by UXO. Some of the shell casings and bombs on show add to the harrowing room, and the movie is worth a watch. Highly recommend paying a visit, as this one is different from the one in Luang Prabang.
Written March 8, 2023
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