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Old 22 April 2008, 03:15 AM
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I have learned to watch what the locals do, and copy that. Not all temples in Asian countries require the removal of shoes, but if I see a row of shoes at the door, then I would remove mine.

This can be quite tricky at times: Once, when I was in Bangkok for a Muay Thai tournament, I was at the concession stand waiting to buy a drink. The attendant would not even look at me. When I tried to get her attention, she tersely told me to wait, as the national anthem was playing. Oops. In my defence, it was hard to notice among the usual racket of "music" that is normally played at such events.
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