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COPE Visitor Centre Tours and Activities

COPE Visitor Centre
COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) works with victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) from American bombing during the Vietnam War, as well as other disabled people. The COPE Visitor Centre introduces the charity’s work and educates visitors about the war. Besides documentaries and an exhibition, there’s a gift shop and café.

The Basics

There is no charge to enter the COPE Visitor Centre, although donations are encouraged and revenues from the gift shop and café go to support COPE’s good work. While it’s possible to visit with a guide or on a tour, guides are not required. The items in the permanent exhibition are clearly labeled and easy to follow, and many visitors will want to take the time to watch the fascinating documentaries in the screening room.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The COPE Visitor Centre is a must for anyone with an interest in the Vietnam War or in contemporary Lao life.
  • Donating to COPE or buying from their café or gift shop can help change Laotian lives.
  • Many families with children will find COPE an educational and informative day out.
  • The COPE Visitor Centre has ramps for wheelchair access.

How to Get There
The COPE Visitor Centre is located in central Vientiane, a bit over a mile (2 kilometers) south of Patuxai (Victory Monument). If you’ve rented a bicycle, it’s easy to reach from the common downtown Vientiane attractions, but some might prefer to arrange a tour with a private driver/guide.

When to Get There

The COPE Visitor Centre is open morning to evening, seven days a week, and is rarely crowded. It closes on Lao public holidays, including Lao National Day and Lao New Year. As most of the exhibits are indoors, it’s a good attraction to save for a rainy day.

UXO in Laos
The US Army dropped over 2 million tons (1,800,000 tonnes) of ordnance on Laos. More than 40 years after the last bomb dropped, unexploded munitions are still shattering lives, with millions of bomblets scattered around the countryside. More than 20,000 people have been killed or injured by UXO since the bombing ended in 1973.

Address: Khou Vieng Road, Vientiane, Laos
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are COPE Visitor Centre hours of operation?
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COPE Visitor Centre hours of operation: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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