Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
Have a rare glimpse of Laotian life and diverse culture with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) is devoted to the preservation and celebration of Laos’ different ethnic groups – both today and from the past. The Centre’s displays reflect a rich and diverse ethnic population and features traditional textiles and clothing, religious artifacts, jewelry, handicraft tools, photography, and even household objects. It is also worthy to note that the Museum shop sells artisan handicrafts made by the villagers.
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Dala Market at Luang Prabang, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The Centre is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 09:00 to 18:00. The museum is closed every Monday.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is free for locals and USD 3 per person for tourists.
How to Get There
The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre are very popular in Luang Prabang and every public transport knows the place. However, it is best for first-time visitors to take a taxi to the place.
- Solo travelers
- Families with kids
- Educational tour
Time to Spend
One to two hours is enough to tour the whole museum. You can then shop at their boutique for at least 30 minutes.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can visit the Centre any time of the year. However, expect a bigger crowd during town festivals and the Holiday season. Also, note that the Centre offers wonderful exhibitions during the New Year.
- Permanent and special exhibitions in English and Lao (with available translations in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese)
- Resource library
- Half-day handicraft workshops
- Family activity centre
- Seminars and special events
- Patio with refreshments
The TAEC has restaurants that serve both local and foreign cuisines, such as:
- Phousi Guesthouse Restaurant
- Amala Restaurant
- Huean Luang Prabang
- Boss Burgers
- Boat Bar Restaurant
- Royal Palace, Luang Prabang
- Kuang Si Falls
- Wat Sen
- Mount Phousi
You can stay at nearby hotels for around USD 29 per person, per night. Accommodations options include:
- Saynamkhan River View
- Luang Prabang River Lodge
- Villa Maly Boutique Hotel
- Phonepraseuth Guesthouse