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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 Dam, 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 from 14 different countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The adjacent TAEC Museum Shop features fair trade handicrafts from 12 provinces of Laos supporting over 600 ethnic artisans from all over Laos. Approximately 50% of the price of the products goes back to our village producers. TAEC also boasts a family activity centre, ethnobotanical garden, and patio cafe with cold refreshments making the museum a perfect destination for children and adults.
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Centre is just on the edge of town and an easy walk. I recommend a visit because of the well laid-out information on the customs of the many ethnic minorities as well as the beautiful clothing. It assisted us in understanding northern Laos better. The gift shop was somewhat disappointing - predictable.

1  Thank Jean-Pierre D
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a great little museum with very interesting displays.You will learn a lot about Lao history and its minority groups. Take a tuk tuk and walk up a small hill to the entrance. There is also a nice coffee shop and a very good museum store with items made by local artisans and weavers. Make a donation in the box or buy something in the shop. It is worth supporting this local museum.

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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

3  Thank pineycreek
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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!

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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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