One of the most significant landmarks in Penang is its tallest building, Komtar.

It is Penang’s tallest skyscraper and the eleventh-tallest building in Malaysia. KOMTAR is a Malay acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, named after the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak. Construction started in 1974 and it was opened to the public 16 years later, 232 m high with 68 floors.

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. The upper floors are home to the state governments office

The lower ground floor 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.

Komtar (tallest building in picture), Penang bridge (mid left)
Penang bridge
Penang bridge on the horizon

What can do at Komtar? Try this.