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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 and Chinese.

Displays include traditional clothing and headdresses. Photo taken in or around Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang, Laos 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.

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 (Around 200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Kitsalat Rd side of Phousi, near Dara Market, Luang Prabang
Tu–Su: 09:00–18:00
T: (071) 253 364
Admission: 25,000 kip, free for Lao citizens.

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