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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
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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.
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“Very informative”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

Although it's very small, the Ethnology Center is very informative. A must before going to some remote ethnic villages in the north.

Visited March 2014
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“Worth 30 mins of your time”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Small museum with some facts about the various ethnic groups in Laos Interesting enough to visit if you are passing.

Visited March 2014
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“Small but high quality”
Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

We salute and applaud the obviously sincere efforts of this non profit Centre's organizers to showcase the cultural diversity of Laos and provide local artists with the economic incentives to maintain some of their traditional art practices (50% of gift shop revenues are returned to the communities supplying the goods - and the selection is quite nice and high quality). Well worth your time....

Visited March 2014
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“Great little centre”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

beautifully maintained building and displays, excellent cultural information, great location, lovely shop. Think I bought it out of the gorgeous locally made dolls.

Visited July 2013
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“Informative and worthwhile”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Nice way to learn about the tribes in the area. It helps you gain an understanding of the diversity in the country. There's a small cafe there. It looked nice but we did not eat there. There's also a small store to buy nice souvenirs.

Visited January 2014
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