The observation deck on KOMTAR’s 60th floor offers a unique chance to cast your eye across the rooftops of Penang towards the hills and ocean beyond. At 761 feet (232 meters) high, the building towers over all the city’s other structures, offering unrivaled skyline views. Pop a coin in one of the telescopes to get a close-up look at the distant hills, or step back and take it all in with your camera lens.
KOMTAR stands for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak. The 12-sided geometric building was named after Malaysia’s second prime minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. When it was completed in 1986, KOMTAR was the tallest building in Southeast Asia. It was also one of Penang’s first destination retail centers and a recent facelift has rendered it on par with any modern mall.
Today the building’s 65 floors have shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and government offices. The building is also the city’s main transport center.
If you’re looking for electronics, head to the ICT Digital Mall in the four-story podium connected to KOMTAR. Here you’ll find everything from the latest laptops and mobile phones, to a range of mind-boggling gadgets. Stroll the other floors to find fashion bargains or pick up some souvenirs.
When you need to refuel head to the KOMTAR walk, a 500-foot (155-meter) open-air walkway with sushi bars, Chinese noodle joints, and eateries serving up Malaysian favorites such as laksa and nasi kandar, a flavored steamed rice dish.
KOMTAR is located in central Georgetown and is open daily. Getting to KOMTAR is easy, as it serves as the major transport hub for the entire city and most bus routes end up here. There is a small charge to enter the observation deck, which is open Monday to Friday. You can buy tickets at the information desk on the ground floor.
Located in Georgetown, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Chew Thean Yeang and Camera Museum. Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi and Clan Jetty are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Georgetown, this hotel is steps from Hin Bus Depot Art Centre and KOMTAR. Chit Tiau Lor Ban San is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.
Located in Georgetown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Camera Museum. Fort Cornwallis and Pinang Peranakan Mansion are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Penang hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of KOMTAR, 1st Avenue Mall, and Prangin Mall.
Located in Georgetown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prangin Mall, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, and Camera Museum. Clan Jetty and Pinang Peranakan Mansion are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Penang hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Penang Times Square, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, and Camera Museum. Clan Jetty and Pinang Peranakan Mansion are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Opened in 1884, this all-suite historical hotel is within 1 km (0.6 miles) of the financial, entertainment, cultural, and historical districts in downtown Georgetown.
Located in Georgetown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sun Yat Sen Museum and Camera Museum. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram and Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi are also within 2 mi (3 km).