Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Attractions

The Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre of Luang Prabang is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the many ethnic groups existing in Laos. Located in a restored heritage building along Kingkitsarath Road, it is the only non-profit museum in Laos. 

This cultural display of arts and lifestyles reflect a very diverse ethnic population. Permanent exhibitions feature traditional textiles and clothing, jewellery, religious artefacts, handicraft tools, and household objects. The museum offers visitors a rare glimpse into the life of Laotian people giving a greater understanding to their richly diverse culture with quotes, photos and videos bringing the exhibits to life. 

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The small centre has over 400 exhibits documenting the life and times of 30 ethnic groups in Laos. Permanent exhibitions include the subgroups of the Akha people, which feature a headdress made with 300 pieces of antique Indochinese silver. The Kmhmu gallery has a model of Kmhmu home with baskets and back strap looms.

The museum shop operates on a fair-trade basis by providing local craftsmen and women with an opportunity to sell their handmade goods. You can find about 500 products supporting ethnic families across Laos.

Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Address: Kingkitsarath Road, Ban Khamyong Luang Prabang, 06000, Laos
  • Tel: +856 71 253 364
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