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Gubyauknge temple was not far from our guesthouse in Nyaung U Village. It was built in the early Bagan period and still had excellent stucco carvings outside and original paintings inside. This is where we first learned about the nat figures on either side of the entrance to the chamber containing the image of Buddha meditating. These nats were guarding the door and warning visitors not to disturb Buddha's meditation. We later saw similar nat guards in other temples. Mawman unlocked the temple for us and guided us around. She lived nearby with her husband Tun Tun, a sand-painting artist who custom-made a sand painting for us.