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COPE Visitor Centre

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COPE Visitor Centre

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Free Tibet wrote a review Oct. 2020
5 contributions
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
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Date of experience: October 2020
Fran R wrote a review Aug. 2020
Zurich, Switzerland373 contributions75 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
JS1Napoli_Italy wrote a review May 2020
New York City, New York25 contributions39 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
LivingThe Q wrote a review Apr. 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado739 contributions74 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Thomas VNG wrote a review Apr. 2020
Vientiane, Laos4 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: April 2020