Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Small but in-depth private museum

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The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) is a private museum devoted to Lao ethnography. It is highly recommended for anyone interesting in learning about the country’s rich cultural diversity and ethnic groups.

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Displays include traditional clothing and headdresses. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Displays include traditional clothing and headdresses. Photo: Cindy Fan

There is also usually one special temporary exhibition that deep-dives into a fascinating subject. Past exhibition topics include the Katu, a group found in southern Laos, and Job’s tears, a grass seed used as beads, food and medicine in ethnic minorities across Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

The museum has a collection of academic literature visitors are welcome to browse, a cafe serving drinks and a shop selling handicraft from the villages (with another shop on the main street). Check their Facebook page for special workshops, talks and community events. https://www.facebook.com/taeclaos/

Entrance is on the Kitsalat Rd side of Phousi, near Dara Market—follow the steep drive up. For those with mobility issues, be aware that there are several steps to enter the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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