The Komtar is important, because it's one of the shopping complexes in the centre of Georgetown. And from the Komtar you can visit every highlight of the
island. It's you're starting point to discover Georgetown and the island of Penang.
Menara Komtar is still Penang's tallest building, a landmark in the city
of Georgetown. When this skyscraper topped out, (reached full height during construction phase) it was the tallest
building in Asia. It is located in the heart of Georgetown. The name of the building is in honour of the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tun
Abdul Razak bin Hussein. Komtar means Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak ( KOMTAR).
The height of the building is 232m. It's a 65-storey complex, which consists of offices, shops, food-courts and most importantly the Penang central government's office.
You'll find the shops on the second, third and fourth floor.
On the third floor is a tourist information center in the middle. Here you can also pay your fine, if you have parked
your car wrong. Don't worry, as a tourist you get discount at your parking fine.
On the third floor you'll find also a sky bridge to a another shopping complex: the Prangin' Mall.
Shops are not the most important tourists attraction of the Komtar, because there are very
modern shopping complexes now on Penang: Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon, 1st Avenue and Queensbay
And...... of course, don't forget the latest - Tesco hypermarket.
Close to the Komtar is the Jen Hotel. Here are also conference rooms and it's one of the hotels of the Shangri-La.
Tourist Information Centre
So.... shops, tourist information centre, sky bridge to
the Prangin' Mall. Yes, but the Komtar is the oldest shopping centre. Komtar was once the shopping haven for Penangites as
shoppers could purchase almost anything under the sun. Now shops (like Popular) are moving to other shopping centres (Prangin' Mall).
For more than a decade from the early 1980s, Komtar reigned supreme as the shopping centre of Penang. Nestled at the foot of the Komtar Tower, it was an important part of the overall integrated
redevelopment of George Town, with its hotel, cinema's and the office tower block, where the State Government is located, and an international exhibition centre.
It's still has a function. Elderly people join together near the McDonalds and
the government offices are still here. At the ground floor is the post office and at the third floor there are promotions of all kind of things: computers, clothes from Thailand etc.
Escalator to the Post Office at the ground level.
But still the Komtar is important. From this landmark you'll discover Georgetown. On walking distance are: the Khoo Kongsi, Kapitan
Kling Mosque, Penang Road and Chulia Street. And if you don't want to walk, you'll get on the bus.
the Shuttle Bus
||There's a free bus service courtesy of the Georgetown Municipal Council.
Here you can hop on the bus at street level. The free shuttle bus takes you around and stops only at the tourist attractions of Georgetown.
The shuttle bus goes from the Komtar to the ferry to Butterworth. The service runs at regular 12-minute intervals from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Mondays to Fridays and 7:00am to 2:00pm on Saturdays.
There is no service on Sundays and public holidays.
The free shuttle bus goes in a circular direction.
This free service helps you save time and money touring Gorge Town heritage and commercial attractions.
The entire journey takes approximately 45 minutes.
If you want to discover the island there's a bus station at the ground floor.
From here you can take a bus to another part of the island. Most buses use coin machines to collect the fares.
The Komtar has a duty free shop on the 57th floor offers good shopping.
On the 58th floor is the Tower Tourist Center which allows visitors to have an excellent panoramic view of the city and you can see the mainland (Butterworth)
and Penang Bridge. If you want to take the elevator to enjoy this spectacular view, you have to to the street level. Once there, you take the elevator to the
58th floor. There you'll pay for your ticket and you'll get a cup of coffee as well.