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“Beautiful weaving and history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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.
Goulburn, NSW
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“Beautiful weaving and history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

The tribes from this area have developed beautiful textiles. The history of how the textiles relate to their cultures is very interesting and we learnt a lot about their customs etc. There is also a lovely cafe to sit and relax in. The shop sells some of the woven goods at reasonable prices. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Paying 30,000 kips mainly is like funding the NGO and those local artcraftmen. Very close Dara Market and you won't miss the directing board for the museum.
Even the bathroom is decored with some hand-made towels and baskets ( for lamp cover) as well. You will see they ready have heart in demonstration and hope more people acknowledge the vanishing art.
A good option to kill time but if you have an intense itinery in Luang Prabang, it's not a prior spot. And if you are Chinese or you have been Yun Nan Province in China, you will find those rituals and dressing of the Laos' 4 ethnic groups are much the same to those in Yun Nan. (The latter is the origin)

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting and well put together”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Although this museum is quite small, it contains plenty of information and the information is well put forth. If you are interested in the different peoples of Laos, their customs and traditions, this is the place to go.

Visited June 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Well worth a visit with informative and well displayed material on ethnic cultures across Laos. Nice shop too.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting, but small”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Well presented, interesting information but so small I couldn't believe it was over before it really began.

Visited June 2013
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