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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

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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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TAEC has operated out of a restored heritage building on the slopes of Mount Phou Si since 2006. The permanent exhibition provides an overview of the four main ethnolinguistic families (Austroasiatic, Hmong-Yao, Tai-Kadai, Sino-Tibetan) and their distribution in the country before highlighting prominent groups within each, including the Akha, Hmong, Khmu and Yao Mien. Traditional clothing and headdresses, religious artefacts, photography and handicraft are on display. The exhibit is in English and Lao, with translations available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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