In the past, Namangan was known as a handicraft centre where potters, weavers, coppersmiths, blacksmiths, dyers, fabric beaters, jewellers and shoemakers lived in. However, in these days Namangan city is an administrative centre in Namangan Province and the second city with a population of 597400 in Uzbekistan after the capital city Tashkent. The name of the city came from the Persian word ‘namak kan’ which means ‘salt mine’. According to the archaeological facts, the settlement in the territory of the modern city is increased.
By the geographical position, it is located in the northern part of Fergana Valley, 200 km far away from Tashkent in the south-east and the altitude is 476 m above sea level. The distance from the central city to Namagan Airport is 12 kilometres.
Moreover, Namangan city is popular with the sport ‘football’. There are lots of sightseeing places which attract many tourists. The followings are: Khojamni-Kabra Mausoleum built on during the period when the city has become one of the largest cities in Fergana Valley, Madrassah of Mullah-Kyrgyz, Atavalikhon Mosque, Attavalik-Khontur Mosque and Mullah Bozor Ohund Mosque, House-Museum of Sultan Akhmedov, Namangan National Historical Museum and Namangan Park located in the centre of the city with the territory of about 14 ha which 12 streets lead to.