Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang

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Discover the Akha, Khmu, Tai Lue, and Hmong cultures of Laos at Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a museum highlighting its various ethnic groups. Though small, Laos is a country full of diverse people, culture, and history. Since opening in 2007, the museum's permanent and visiting exhibits have been educating visitors from around the world on these various populations. Tour the collections of historical artefacts, religious objects, textiles, photographs, and video for insight into the country's past and present. Don't forget to stop into the onsite activity center, cafe, and museum shop, which sells goods from all of Laos's 12 provinces. Put Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Luang Prabang trip itinerary app .
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  • This is a small museum but is so well worth a visit. It's well laid out, informative, interesting and feels alive/real/reactive. It's so important to learn about traditional values and crafts in any c...  more »
  • This small museum is a great opportunity to better understand the customs and customs of the different Lao ethnic groups (clothes, weaving, musical instruments, places of life...). Admission costs 25,000k per person but you can easily spend an hour between the permanent exhibition hall, the adjacent room housing a temporary exhibition on traditional Laotian music and instruments (extended for another year until September 2020), the small local craft shop that offers fine quality products (so necessarily more expensive than elsewhere), and the terrace-covered space that consists of small workshops for children and adults (To know a product "handmade" VS indistriel / Learn a few basic words in Laotian / Practice weaving bamboo strips / Try different musical instruments...) A space has been specially designed for children, with the possibility of dressing up with traditional clothes or doing coloring. The terrace also houses a relaxation/coffee area (cold and hor drinks between 10,000 and 15,000k).
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  • The museum itself was nice and informative but I felt that the admission fee of 25K was a bit high for the size of this museum. That said, you could learn about the different minorities that dominate Laos, and this museum focuses on a few of them and showcases their culture. Would recommend this place to anyone who's interested in culture.
  • Absolutely worth a visit! One of the only places I would describe as a museum in Laos, and very interesting and informative at that. While it isn't very large, it is still gives more information on the culture of Laos than pretty much anywhere else we went. They also have a gift shop with hand made items, which is also worth a visit. Highly recommend.
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