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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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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 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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Ban Khamyong | At the foot of Phousi Hill next to Dara Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 253 364
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

I have only discovered this wonderful small museum last year, at my third visit to Luang Prabang and I am planning to go again. Minorities are a very important part of the Lao culture and, in certain areas, they actually represent the majority of the...More

Thank Emanuela V
Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

My husband and I found this little centre very enjoyable. It was fascinating to learn about the differences in culture and arts of the many ethnic groups in Laos. While we were there, there was an exhibition focusing on the women of the clans which...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We did this as part of the city walk given in the lonely planet. Easy enough to find. You just walk around reading about the different ethnic roots of the Ali people. It's quite informative without getting overloaded. Exit through the gift shop and a...More

Thank Swifty72
Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

Very small and beautiful center. Video and pictures are so informative. A must see if you want to know more about Laos culture.

Thank Ericka M
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Informative photos, videos, exhibits of traditional costumes reflecting on the cultures of various ethnic groups like the Hmongs, Khmu, Yao, etc. There is also a pleasant, cool cafe to sit and rest. Entrance to the centre is on a short side street on a slight...More

Thank DeeDee O
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Loved this museum! I have been to Laos a handful of times and this was my third time to Luang Prabang. What a welcome addition this museum is. I knew some of the various regions, etc but this visit help me to understand so much...More

Thank mmreesescott
Reviewed 27 July 2015

TAEC is situated near the Night Market up on a little hill. It's a small building but very well organized. It's a great place to learn about the different tribes in Laos, their history and their culture. Their present exhibit involves local students doing interviews...More

Thank TouringM
Reviewed 25 July 2015

TAEC is a small museum that will take only about an hour to go through (unless you like watching all of the short videos shot by a group of Laos women). The greeting was good and the three main rooms are well laid out. You...More

Thank William G
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Still in the Centre of Luang Prabang is this Centre. We had a nice talk with the Manager of the Centre, whom we met hours later in the shop they als have in the main street, opposite Santi Villa. The Centre is small, for sure...More

Thank Jacco G
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Went to place to learn about lao culture. Nice and you learn a lot. As well we went to new house for helping children connected also to lao art and how this helps to children.

Thank spanc2001
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Ngan H
13 November 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