• Opening Hour

    Daily: 10:30 a.m. – 10.30 p.m.

  • Location

    Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

  • Admission Fee

    Free

  • Exploration Time

    2 hours

Brief Introduction

KOMTAR Tower, is Penang’s tallest building and the sixth tallest building in Malaysia located in the heart of George Town, dominating the island’s skyline. KOMTAR is an acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak. When the skyscraper topped out (reached full height during construction phase), it was the second tallest building in Asia after Sunshine 60 in Tokyo.

History

At the time of its construction, Komtar is regarded as one of the cutting-edge buildings in Penang. Komtar was the vision of the then Chief Minister of Penang Dr Lim Chong Eu to revitalize the urban centre of George Town and usher the state forward. The architect involved in the design of the building was Lim Chong Keat, the younger brother of Dr Lim. When it reached its full height during construction, the Komtar Tower was briefly the tallest building in Asia, but by the time it was completed, the title has passed to the Korean Life Insurance Building (KLI 63 Building) in Seoul.

Architecture

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. KOMTAR was still Malaysia’s tallest building for 3 years before it was surpassed by Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur in 1988. It remains as Penang’s tallest building since 1985 at a height of 232 metres (761 ft). In 2016 as part of the revitalisation plan, three new levels totalling 17 metres were added to the tower raising the height to 249 metres (817 ft).

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