Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang, Laos

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is housed in a renovated heritage building in the heart of Luang Prabang, Laos. Here you can learn more about the diverse ethnic minorities of Laos.

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) is more than a museum to visit and a boutique for fine handicrafts.  Located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos, TAEC is the only independent resource center in Laos dedicated to the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups. Indochina tours Laos

Yao Mun and Yao Mien resource persons and artisans at TAEC

Yao Mun and Yao Mien resource persons and artisans at TAEC

Founded in 2006, TAEC collects, preserves, and interprets the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups.  The doors opened in July 2007 with professional exhibitions on the ethnic cultures of Laos, and a museum shop promoting handicrafts from village artisans.

The Centre has expanded to include a growing collection of ethnic minority artifacts, a small library, and the TAEC Cafe space for special events. In July 2014, TAEC opened the TAEC Boutique, a stand-alone shop featuring the finest hand-crafted items from ethnic minority artisans in Laos. In its first five years, TAEC welcomed over 55,000 Lao and international visitors, and has rapidly emerged as a regional leader in cultural heritage management and community development. Tours in Laos

Tai Dam Exhibition

Tai Dam Exhibition

Special exhibitions at the museum are well worth a visit and often showcase ceremonies and rituals such as the recent “From Courtship to Kinship: Wedding Celebrations of Laos’ Ethnic Groups”. Displays at the Courtship to Kinship exhibit included the wedding crown of Kim Di Mun which was crafted from human hair and pure silver, superb documentary-style photography and detailed explanations of the customs and rituals added to the depth of this acclaimed exhibition.

Lao visitors reading wedding stories as part of the new special exhibition

Lao visitors reading wedding stories as part of the new special exhibition

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9h till 18h. The entrance fee is 20.000 kips for visitors, free for Laotians.

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