Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
Preserving Cultural Diversity in Laos. Opened in 2007 in a historic house at the foot of Phousy Hill, the museum at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) presents engaging exhibitions and special projects that offer a rare and fascinating insight into the diversity and richness of Laos ethnic cultures.
Open daily 09:00am – 18:00pm
From: Tuesday to Sunday (Close on Monday)
Tickets: 25.000k/person (under age of 12 years old free entrance)
Located in Khamyoung village, the way to go just beside Dara Market
From the perspectives of ethnic minority women, this exhibition shares the lives of women in Laos today. With photographs, documentary videos, and objects the exhibition explores themes of work, family, health, heritage and handicrafts as recorded by girls and women in Northern Laos.
Over a two year period as part of the Stitching Our Stories (SOS) project, young women from Hmong and Tai Lue communities in Luang Prabang learned to use digital media to record and reflect upon their lives in a rapidly changing Laos. From this collection of photographs, video clips, and interviews, TAEC and the international arts programme, PhotoForward, developed the Caregivers to Culture Keepers exhibition.
Community Researchers were integral in framing the exhibition themes, and along with the SOS participants provided the content for the exhibition. Seven short videos present interviews with women in the Hmong and Tai Lue communities on varied topics including a Hmong medicine woman, early childcare in Laos, Hmong batik, Tai Lue weaving, Shamans, and Hmong embroidery, A part of the exhibition, the videos provide a more in-depth look into the lives of women in Laos today.
Two rooms of displays showcase the Akha, Hmong, Tai Lue, and Kmhmu people in Laos and feature traditional handmade clothing and textiles, jewellery, handicraft and household tools, reconstructions of domestic scenes, and religious artefacts.
All exhibitions are presented in Lao and English. Translations are available in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
TAEC maintains a collection of ethnic minority artefacts and a small library on the ethnic groups of Laos. Special projects of TAEC contribute to a growing body of documentation about the diverse cultures found in Laos and include books, short videos, and exhibitions.
Others in Culture & History
The National Museum is the former Royal Palace. This fascinating tourism site offers visitors the chance to learn about the royal family and find out about the rich history of Luang Prabang.
Enjoy the culture of Laos by witnessing a tradtional dance performance known as Phralak Phralam at the Royal Palace. Performances occur weekly. You will find the schedule outside the performance hall in the Royal Palace grounds.
Heritage Information Center
Located in a charming wooden historic building, the Heritage Information Center, known as Heuanchan offers visitors the chance to learn about traditional ways of life.