Komtar Penang is a 65-storey high rise tower in central Georgetown that is one of the most prominent landmarks in Penang. Its lower floors are retail spaces occupied by local boutiques and lots of stalls specialising in cell phone, camera and laptop repairs, while upstairs are office lots.
Penang’s tallest structure is cylindrical in shape and the sixth-tallest building in Malaysia. It is home to the state govenrment’s office and can be found at the confluence of the Jalan Penang and Jalan Magazine. An indispensable part of Penang’s tourism scene, a great reason to visit is for its 58th floor viewing deck which offers views of the island and across the straits to Penang’s mainland.
Short for Kompleks Tunku Abdul Rahman, the 761ft-high tower’s viewing gallery has a souvenir store and coin operated telescopes much like New York’s Empire State Building. The building itself is surrounded by several shuttered two-storey shop-houses and 18th-century kongsis (clan houses), which has led to many people calling the area Penang’s unofficial Chinatown.
The lower ground floor of Komtar Penang mall is home to a bus terminal with Rapid Penang bus operators that serve the entire Georgetown area. The mall has an outdoor strip, called Komtar Walk, connected to the adjacent Prangin Mall, where shoppers can find a branch of CIMB bank, and food and beverage venues such as Coob Coffeee and Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.
Besides providing visitors with a great photo opportunity, inside the 12-sided Komtar Penang mall (which is spread across just four floors), shoppers can expect a real down-to-earth look with the ground level dominated by local budget department store, Pacific, money changers and rows of colourful booths specialising in computer, hand phone and camera services.
The next level plays host to costume jewellery stores, a few local souvenirs shops, toy shops, a 24-hour Happy Mart and a couple of fast food outlets such as KFC and MacDonald’s. Meanwhile, the third and fourth floors are home to ladies fashion boutiques, most of which are unnamed local labels.
Brands found at Komtar Penang mall:
Db Music Store
There are two bubble lifts that take visitors to the viewing gallery and it costs about RM5 per ride. The viewing deck costs RM5 to access and is open from 10:00 to 17:00, but we recommend visiting in the morning as the light is perfect for photos.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:30
- Location: South Georgetown (Next to Traders Hotel)