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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 Dam, and Hmong ethnic minorities. On display now is a special exhibition...more
It's a small museum but interesting nevertheless.Explains a bit about the people and their culture.There is an entrance fee but didn't cost much.They also have an activity section for kids and tourists.
A short trip to the centre and we are pleased we took the time to do so. Well laid out and easy to move around and view displays. Fine examples of tribal art, clothing, and weaving. We were very impressed by the quality of the...More
We visited TAEC this afternoon after hearing good recommendations from other tourists. It was easy to find and the staff, particularly the man at the front desk, were incredibly friendly and helpful.
The exhibitions themselves were very very interesting and taught us a lot about...More
This small museum (TAEC)dedicated to the ethnic cultures of Laos.Located at the foot of Phousi Hill behind Dalat Market. There’s few signboard along the main road. This museum exhibits clothing, household objects and religious artifacts with detailed information and photographs. All information is presented in...More
Although not large, the Centre is informative and well set out. Interesting for us living in Myanmar was the similarities to Chin and Shan culture and the displays. The gift shop was great at promoting authentic, local products. Check opening hours (see picture) as closed...More
I really enjoyed this museum. The entry price is very reasonable, the displays are interesting and informative and the traditional crafts in the store are beautiful. I'd say this is a good stop for families if the adults want some culture but the kids can't...More
Fantastic resource. Kudos to those who run it. Good place to get information on the different ethnic groups that makes up Laos. 50% of the proceed from the sale of the shops goes back to the craftspeople/villagers. Worth supporting knowing the money do go back...More
This Centre holds an amazing display of local Laos tribes’ dress, weaving, art and culture. Khoun is one of the co-founders and has won fellowships to the Smithsonian based on her work. She brought back even greater skills to explain these local cultures in visually...More
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre also have a boutique shop situated in the main part of Luang Prabang, just across from the Villa Santi Hotel. The shop and its products are wonderful and so well priced. The shop showcases some amazing handicrafts from around...More
Thank Frances B
TAECLaos, Manager at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018
Thank you so much Frances B, we're so glad you appreciated the time that goes into our artisan-made crafts!
Close to the centre of town, the centre is housed in a small single storey building which charges a small fee for entry. The number of exhibits was less than expected, mainly in two rooms but all caringly displayed and labelled. A number of ethnic...More
Response from TAECLaos | Property representative |
Thanks for your question and interest in TAEC! Currently, our permanent exhibition showcases in-depth exhibits on four of the ethnic groups in Laos (Akha, Hmong, Kmhmu, Tai Lue), as well as an introduction section with a... More
Thanks for your question and interest in TAEC! Currently, our permanent exhibition showcases in-depth exhibits on four of the ethnic groups in Laos (Akha, Hmong, Kmhmu, Tai Lue), as well as an introduction section with a map, listings of all the officially recognised groups in Laos, and common categorisations. The temporary exhibition currently on display is "Seeds of Culture" featuring ethnic groups from Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, with jewellery, headdresses, and traditional clothing.
There are thought to be over 100 different groups in Laos, but instead of trying to interpret all of these ethnicities (which would be quite overwhelming!) we have chosen to provide an accessible look at a few of the groups. Through these groups, we can demonstrate the issues that many of Laos' ethnic communities are undergoing, and highlight the fascinating material culture, rituals, and beliefs that are still thriving in Laos.
The entry fee is 25,000k (about US$3.00). Every Friday at 3pm, there is a free tour, and Thursdays and Saturdays, we hold handicraft workshops -- Hmong Embroidery and Kmhmu Basket Weaving. Please check our website and FB pages for more information!