Magdanly is located in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°48′24″N 66°03′24″E / 37.80667°N 66.05667°E / 37.80667; 66.05667
Country Turkmenistan
ProvinceLebap Province
DistrictKöýtendag District
 • Total34,745
Time zoneUTC+5

Magdanly (Turkmen Cyrillic: Магданлы; formerly known as Gowurdak or Gaurdak Russian: Говурдак), is a city in Köýtendag District, Lebap Province, Turkmenistan.


The word magdan means "ore" in Turkmen, and the suffix -ly means "with", hence "with ore". The area, in the foothills of the Köýtendag Mountains, is rich in various mineral ores. The former name, Gowurdak, referred to a mountain in that district which is mined for high-quality sulfur. Atanyyazow explains that the name Gowurdak "is derived from the local dialect gövür ('sulfur') and the word dag, yielding 'sulfur mountain'."[1]


The name of the city was changed from Gowurdak to Magdanly on 8 September, 2002.

On 25 November 2017, Magdanly was downgraded from a city with "district status" to a city "in a district", subordinate to Köýtendag District.[2]

Administrative Divisions

Prior to losing its status as "City with district status", the city of Magdanly also had the following village councils (geňeşlikler) under its jurisdiction:

  • Çärjew (Çärjew)
  • Ýürekdepe (Ýürekdepe, Aýrybaba)

Both of these village councils were incorporated in Köýtendag District. Later, on 9 November 2022, Ýürekdepe village council was dissolved, and its two subordinate villages were brought under the jurisdiction of Çärjew village council.


  1. ^ Atanyýazow, Soltanşa (1980). Түркменистаның Географик Атларының Дүшүндиришли Сөзлүги [Explanatory Dictionary of Geographic Names in Turkmenistan]. Ashgabat: Ылым. p. 104.
  2. ^ "Парламент Туркменистана внёс изменения в административно-территориальное деление Лебапского велаята". Информационный портал Туркменистана «Turkmenportal» (in Russian). 28 November 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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