COPE Visitor Centre

COPE Visitor Centre, Vientiane: Hours, Address, COPE Visitor Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

COPE Visitor Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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João Nuno Reis
Funchal, Portugal395 contributions
Jul. 2021
The pictures soeak for themselves. Try and see the 5 minute film in the small cinema. Be careful if you are a sensitive person.
Written 19 August 2021
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Free Tibet
5 contributions
Oct. 2020
COPE has well designed displays to give information about how many bombs were dropped on Laos during the American war. There is a list of documentaries you can choose from to watch. The treatment for rehabilitation is on the grounds and supported by any merchandise you choose to but but there is no cost to enter.

A must see to learn about the culture and history in Laos
Written 7 October 2020
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Fran R
Zurich, Switzerland372 contributions
Jan. 2020
the exhibit is very hands-on with lots of visual examples.
example: all those make shift prothesis in bamboo, wood, metal etc etc
A war damaged country which tries to repair with its own means

the exhibit is very impressive, not for the faint hearted though
Written 10 August 2020
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JS1Napoli_Italy
New York City, NY29 contributions
Jan. 2020
Definitely worth a visit. The center shows the valuable work done by COPE to help people who continue to be maimed by the unexploded ordinance. Really a valuable education on how a war fought decades ago continues to impact a country.
Written 29 May 2020
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LivingThe Q
Colorado Springs, CO785 contributions
Nov. 2019
During our trip to Vientiane we visited the COPE Visitor Center, which is partly a museum, but also provides insight into the work that COPE does in Laos. Visiting the center wasn’t on our original itinerary, but we ended up with enough time during our tour of the city to fit it in. The country of Laos has many unexploded cluster bombs (referred to as bombies) from the Vietnam war that are still causing injuries throughout the country. COPE is an organization that is attempting to find and defuse all of the bombs as well as provide medical attention and supplies to those that get injured.

An actual cluster bomb is a large bomb shell that opens up as it nears the ground and disperses hundreds of tiny bombs that are about the shape and size of a baseball. Many of them are buried in the ground and farmers come across them when plowing their fields. Sometimes they are above ground and children pick them up and play with them. When you first enter the center, you are directed to a room to view a movie on how the millions of bombs came to litter the entire country. After watching the movie, we walked through the exhibits, which can be quite sobering and somber.

Going through the COPE Visitor Center is certainly an experience that will impact you in a powerful way. Although it is an important message, the images can be quite disturbing, so families with children should take that into consideration before visiting the center. Overall, visiting the center takes about an hour or less with most of the time spent watching the film.
Written 14 April 2020
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Thomas VNG
Vientiane, Laos4 contributions
Apr. 2020 • Couples
Cope Center is a museum and long history since Vietnam War.
What a sad video that show how people lose their legs. It quite interesting to learn more about Laos history if you visit this place.
Written 8 April 2020
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Lenka
Vancouver Island, Canada7 contributions
Jan. 2020
you should definitely visit the cope centre in Vientiane. you learn something important and it is close to the hotel area.
Written 27 March 2020
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ErikNL2011
Holland69 contributions
Feb. 2020
And give them a small donation. The places is very informative and will give you a good insight in recent history of Laos. The small cafe they have serves some delicious ice cream. It is low key and maybe a bit depressing to see some of the things that have happened and are still going on, but well worth a short visit.
Written 26 March 2020
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Lisa
Chaweng, Thailand17 contributions
Aug. 2019
This is a hugely informative center for those visiting Vientiane and want to learn more about the history. A must see.
Written 17 March 2020
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Robert D
Brighton, UK25 contributions
Mar. 2020
Really worth an hour of your time, very informative and engaging. Easy to give a donation by card in shop and very worthy of a visit.
Written 10 March 2020
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