COPE Visitor Centre

Attraction COPE Visitor Centre vientiane Published on: 15-09-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Shopping
Must see
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
COPE Vientiane is a non-profit organisation in Laos which provides prosthetic limbs, mobility assistance and rehabilitation for Lao people who can’t afford it.

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Why COPE Visitor Centre is special ?

COPE is now a local not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and provincial rehabilitation centres to provide access to both orthotic/prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services to people with disabilities.


COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is the main source of artificial limbs, walking aids and wheelchairs in Laos. Its excellent Visitor Centre offers myriad interesting and informative multimedia exhibits about prosthetics and the UXO (unexploded ordnance) that make them necessary. Several powerful documentaries are shown on a rolling basis in a comfortable theatre, and there's a gift shop and cafe, 100% of the proceeds of which go to supporting COPE's projects in Laos.



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What to explore at COPE Visitor Centre?

Explore the free exhibit

Take time to wander through the large free exhibit where you will learn about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs.  As part of the exhibition you can watch a number of excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE.


Purchase unique gifts or make a donation

Inside the COPE Visitor Centre you will find a gift shop where you can purchase t-shirts, postcards, and other items or simply make a donation. You can also enjoy custom made ice cream and hot and cold drinks at our Karma Cafe. All money raised from the gift shop and the Karma Cafe go directly to funding COPE services.



Source: http://www.copelaos.org/visit.php

How to get to COPE Visitor Centre?

The Centre of Medical Rehabilitation and the COPE Visitor Centre are located on Khou Vieng Road, 1km from the Talat Sao (Morning Market), and opposite Green PARK HOTEL.


Easy to reach by bicycle or tuk tuk. While many of the tuk tuk drivers know where we are, it is useful to write the letters COPE on a sheet of paper to show the driver. You could also borrow the COPE bicycles for free to ride back and explore the town.


Source: http://www.copelaos.org/visit.php

Selling points

  • “A Real Eye Opener”
  • “The aftermath of war.”
  • “A good local exhibit”
  • “Really impressive ”
  • “Well worth a visit”
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3.0 days
Estimated
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Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • A tuk tuk driver will take you there for abound 20,000 kip from the Morning Market
    Transportation
  • Most tuk tuk drivers know the place well and should have no trouble dropping you off.
    Transportation
  • You can make a donation or purchase something from their gift shop to show your support
    Things to do
  • It’s not at all harrowing and it’s very suitable for children.
    Experience
  • A must visit for all ages.
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  • Beside the Visitors Centre is a small cafe with excellent ice cream and a sports centre
    Things nearby
  • They have an annual benefit concert in November or December every year.
    Events
  • COPE is about 500 metres east of the Morning Market
    Location

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The Cope museum gives the visitor an insight into the suffering of the Lao people as a result of the Vietnam war. The main purpose of it is to provide people who have been the victims of the unexploded ordinance (cluster bombs etc. dropped by the Americans) with prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services. When people first started to become victims of these explosive devices they would have to fashion their own prosthetics from any material that was available. This unexploded ordinance has been causing death and serious injury to the people of Lao for decades and we were told that even today their are over 100 new cases (mostly children and farmers) each year. All this from a conflict that Lao was not even involved in! The free museum gives a valuable insight into some of the not so well known consequences of that war and well worth a visit

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One of the most important places to see while in Vientiane. Amazing people there and a great display to help give you an idea the destruction still being wrought on this beautiful people.

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A very humbling and informative experience. There's not much to say that hasn't already been said but the work these people do is simply outstanding.

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The Cope museum gives the visitor an insight into the suffering of the Lao people as a result of the Vietnam war. The main purpose of it is to provide people who have been the victims of the unexploded ordinance (cluster bombs etc. dropped by the Americans) with prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation services. When people first started to become victims of these explosive devices they would have to fashion their own prosthetics from any material that was available. This unexploded ordinance has been causing death and serious injury to the people of Lao for decades and we were told that even today their are over 100 new cases (mostly children and farmers) each year. All this from a conflict that Lao was not even involved in! The free museum gives a valuable insight into some of the not so well known consequences of that war and well worth a visit

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