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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 Lue, and Hmong ethnic minorities. On display now is a special exhibition entitled, "Seeds of Culture: From Living Plants to Handicrafts". This exhibit features the Job's tears (Coix) plant, indigenous to mainland Southeast Asia, to demonstrate the important relationship between humans and nature. On display are unusual artefacts, including a Chin headdress that uses porcupine quills, and magnificent necklaces from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. Visitors are treated to a visually stunning display allowing them to explore the meaningful role of the environment in the daily lives of rural ethnic communities. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. TAEC also boasts an extensive family activity centre, ethnobotanical garden, and patio cafe with cold refreshments making the museum a perfect destination for children and adults.
Reviewed March 15, 2013

excellent display material...not too much or too little and a very very informative staff available for all kinds of questions

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

A very good introduction to minorities crafts on display and on sale at the lovely shop.
I go back to this place for the exhibitons, to buy souvenirs for friends and relax in the shade of the coffee, very good coffee and cakes and very friendly staff!

3  Thank alexis246
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

One you can easily do on your own as there are good English translations on all the exhibits within the centre. It's relatively small condensed insight into the history of the Lao people and different ethnic groups. If you get the chance o travel out into the countryside you will also realise this is not so much history, but still forms part of everyday life - Right down to the style of housing and marriage rituals that are still practised.

Very enjoyable visit and another one on the must see list.

1  Thank nigs_h
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

small facility, with some "growing" to do, but they are sure to get better & better; it was a good lesson in Lao history

Thank Kristina H
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Small but interesting displays. Particularly interesting textiles. Great coffee shop. Up a bit of a hill but not too much of a concern.

1  Thank MandyTaylor63
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