Balykchy (Kyrgyz: [Балыкчы. Balıkçı] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) is a the seicont lairgest ceety in the Issyk Kul Province. It haes a population aboot 40,000 fowk locatit at the wastren end o Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan, at 42°28′N 76°11′E / 42.467°N 76.183°E / 42.467; 76.183 an an elevation o aboot 1,900 meters.


Balykchy Govrenment Office
Balykchy Govrenment Office
Coat of airms o Balykchy
Coat airms
Balykchy is located in Kyrgyzstan
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 42°28′N 76°11′E / 42.467°N 76.183°E / 42.467; 76.183
KintraFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan
ProvinceIssyk Kul Province
 • Total40,000

Names an etymologyEedit

It wis named Rybachye (fishin place in Roushie) in 1909-1993. In the early 1990s, follaein the disintegration o the Soviet Union, the toun wis kent as Issyk-Kul, takin the name o the adjacent lake. Shortly efter unthirldom, its name wis chyngit tae Balykchy [1] Archived 2005-02-12 at the Wayback Machine which means fisherman in Kyrgyz leid.


A major industrial an transport center (oo an crop processin, lake shippin, rail terminal, an road junction) durin the Soviet era, it lost maist o its economic base efter the collapse o the Soviet Union an the closure o virtually aw o its industrial facilities.


The main road frae Bishkek, the caipital o Kyrgyzstan, tae Cheenae, a pairt o the auncient Great Silk Road, passes throu Balykchy afore it stairts its lang an arduous wey athort the alpine ranges o Naryn Province in central Kyrgyzstan tae the Cheenese mairch at Torugart Pass. Plans for the rail road frae the Cheenese mairch tae Balykchy, whaur the line frae Bishkek currently ends, are unner discussion. Twa ither roads go aroond the north an sooth sides o Issyk Kul tae Karakol an then aroond the east end o the Kungey Alatau tae the far sootheast o Kazakhstan.


  • Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. "Geographical information on Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan" (in Inglis). Retrieved 27 November 2008.

External linksEedit

  Media relatit tae Balykchy at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 42°27′40″N 76°10′49″E / 42.46111°N 76.18028°E / 42.46111; 76.18028