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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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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
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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank Jued12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Robin-Claude43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank teepatee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank poppetann
Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Dana K
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank JenJenE
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank PalmerMichael
Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

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

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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!

Reviewed May 3, 2018

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

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Ngan H
November 13, 2016|
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