Formed in 1997 to support survivors of landmine explosions, the COPE Visitor Centre provides travelers with not only Laos' history with UXOs (unexploded ordnance, or explosive weapons), but an up-close look at how locals are working to provide disability services for those affected.
The Visitor Centre showcases informative exhibits that explore both the history and impact of UXOs on life in Laos. Documentaries and local artwork explain how important the COPE mission is to people in the community. The Centre’s unique shop offers T-shirts and postcards for purchase, with proceeds going to support the COPE cause, and its Karma Café sells custom-made ice cream and cool drinks to refresh the tired traveler.
The COPE Visitor Center is located on Khou Vieng Road, one kilometer from the Morning Market, just opposite Green Park Hotel. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.