Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre Tours

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, located in the heart of Luang Prabang, is dedicated to preserving the arts, crafts and history of Laos’ diverse population. Founded in 2006, the museum’s permanent collections showcase the various cultures and traditions of the country’s people, including those of the Hmong, Akha, Khmu and Tai Dam people.

Housed in a 1920s UNESCO-protected historical building, the center’s displays are well-marked and translations are available in a variety of languages, making exhibits easily accessible to all visitors. Learn about the New Year festivities of the Hmong people, discover the embroidery techniques and patterns of the Mien Yao and see the Taoist religious ceremonies of the Mun Yao. There are a variety of religious artifacts, ethnic clothing pieces and household wares to see, and visitors can purchase textiles and handicrafts at the museum’s shop, which offers fair prices with 50 percent of revenue returning to the community.

A trip to the site is beneficial because travelers can learn about Laos’ diversity before venturing out into one of the traditional villages. The museum allows ethnic minorities to preserve their artisanal heritage by spreading awareness, increasing understanding and supporting their craft.

Practical Info

The center is located at the foot of Phou Si Hill, behind Dala Market off of Kitsalat Road, between Kingkitsarath and Sisavangvong Roads. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Entry is 25,000 kip per person. Exhibits are in Lao and English, and tours are available for an additional charge.
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Address: Dala Market, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9am-6pm
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Admission: 25,000 kip
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Guided Exploring Luang Prabang Full-Day Tour

Explore the culture and history of Luang Prabang on this fully guided tour of the city's temples, museums, art centers and more. You'll visit the gilded halls of Wat Xiang Thong and Wat Visoun, plus check out the Royal Palace. Your friendly, local guide will share information about the dynamic culture and traditions of indigenous hill tribes and unlock hidden secrets of this incredible destination. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors, families and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the city and its people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Discover Luang Prabang City Tour including Airport Transfer

Luang Prabang is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and traditional towns. With this 3-day package tour, you will discover the country’s distinctive charm and beauty as you immerse yourself in the splendid natural landscape and cultural sights of Luang Prabang. Once you step foot into this rich and cultural city, you’ll realize why it has earned itself a place in UNESCO’s Heritage List. Experience a  beautiful city filled with palm tree- lined boulevards, European colonial structures and Laos temples. 
  • Duration: 3 days
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Explore Luang Prabang Backroads Biking Tour

Get off the beaten path and onto back roads with this popular bike tour through the rural countryside of Luang Prabang. You'll spend the day exploring destinations that few see, with stops at local markets and quiet villages. You'll interact with locals and learn about traditional silk weaving from professional artisans. This popular tour is the perfect way to blend active travel with cultural exchange.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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