Visit Guide to Khudoyar Khan Palace

The Kokand Urda Citadel, better known as the Khudoyarkhan Palace, was the seventh khan’s palace, built under Khudoyarkhan, who ruled the Kokand Khanate from 1845 to 1875. The palace is included in the list of world historical heritage and is a monument of history and culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Currently, the Kokand Museum of Local Lore is located here, introducing visitors to the history of the region and the palace.

Getting There

Khudoyarkhan’s palace is located in the city of Kokand at Turkestan Street.

It is convenient to get here by buses No. 24, 33, 43, 51.

One can get here by train from Tashkent from the South Station in Tashkent-Andijan-Tashkent direction. The flight is carried out every day 2 times.

It is also convenient to move around the city by taxi, using the services of the Taxi Premier, Arava, Real taxi, etc.

What to Expect

The Khudoyarkhan palace is a magnificent palace that still amazes with its richness and splendor of decoration. The building of the facade literally dazzles visitors with variegated colors and a wealth of ornaments: geometric patterns, arabesques, plant motifs – all of this is made of ceramic tiles. The patterns that fill the niches represent compositions that do not repeat the pattern. The color scheme of the facade is very bright and variegated, which makes it look like a palace from oriental fairy tales.


From historical chronicles it is known that in a century and a half, 29 khans were replaced on the Kokand throne, but the most famous of them was the last one, Khudoyarkhan. He ascended the throne in 1845 at the age of twelve, becoming the son-in-law of the all-powerful local commander Mingbashi Musulmonkul.

Over the thirty years of his reign, he was deprived of power four times in the struggle with his relatives, and each time he conquered it again. The construction of this magnificent palace complex, which consisted of seven small courtyards surrounded by buildings, was led by the architect Mir Ubaydullo.

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The palace was built in the traditions of Central Asian architecture with a high portal in the middle, decorated with a large entrance arch and four minarets: two of them stand on both sides of the portal, two end the facade from the south and north.

The Khudoyarkhan palace, surrounded by a carved stone fence, consisted of seven small courtyards and 119 rooms. The total area of ​​the palace is 4 hectares, its foundation is raised by three meters.

Unfortunately, of the entire grandiose palace ensemble, only two courtyards and 19 rooms remain. On the territory of the palace there is a public toilet, tourist information. The landmark is located in the city center that gives convenient access to accommodation facilities, shopping and other tourist services.