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Private Tour: Half-Day Penang Walking Tour
"Where else in the world can you find a street lined with so many places of worship of different faith all within a perimeter of one KM with residents living in harmony and respectful of each other's religion and culture. The walking tour begins from St. George's Church oldest in Malaysia to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple which survived the last two world wars. Across the street is Little India with its colorful Sri Mariamman Temple decorated with 40 statuettes of Hindu Gods. Further down visit either Khoo or Cheah Kongsi a Chinese ancestral clan house cum temple. Also not to be missed is the Kapitan Keling Mosque the first Arab-Indian Muslim mosque built in Penang."""
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Private Half-Day Heritage Walking Tour of Georgetown
"This tour starts at the Star Pitt Street located near the corner of Church Street and Gat Lebuh Gereja. You private tour guide will meet you and bring you to the first destination the Khoo Kongsi or clan house. You will learn about the central role of the Kongsi the first port of call for Chinese immigrants far from home and explore the wooden houses on the clan jetties where descendants of the first Chinese settlers still live.We will then stop at the historic Kapitan Keling Mosque one of the most visited places of worship in the heart of Georgetown. We will breathe in the spice-laden air on the streets of Little India and its shops packed with enticing goods. The picturesque alleys of the protected heritage zone are also t eat and worship will help to ensure that centuries-old traditions and beliefs will live on for generations to come.""""Join this private half-day walking tour to discover and learn more about the history of Georgetown’s most recognized landmarks
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Private Tour: Half-Day Penang Walking Tour
"Where else in the world can you find a street lined with so many places of worship of different faith all within a perimeter of one KM with residents living in harmony and respectful of each other's religion and culture. The walking tour begins from St. George's Church oldest in Malaysia to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple which survived the last two world wars. Across the street is Little India with its colorful Sri Mariamman Temple decorated with 40 statuettes of Hindu Gods. Further down visit either Khoo or Cheah Kongsi a Chinese ancestral clan house cum temple. Also not to be missed is the Kapitan Keling Mosque the first Arab-Indian Muslim mosque built in Penang."""
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Komtar Complex Tips (13)

Tallest Building in Penang

Komtar is the tallest building on Penang Island. The complex houses offices, bus interchange and retail shops. Almost all buses comes to the Komtar.

There is a viewing floor on the Komtar overlooking the Penang Island where a small fee is required to go up. I did not visit that as I went for Penang Hill instead.

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walterwu
Sep 15, 2013

Multipurpose complex

Komtar (acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) is a multipurpose complex consisting of retail outlets, transportation hub and administrative offices for the Penang state government. The building was named after Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the second prime minister of Malaysia. At the time of its construction in the mid-1970s, Komtar was regarded as one of the cutting-edge buildings in Penang. It includes the 65-storey Komtar Tower, designed and constructed with local expertise, which you can whizz to the top of but costs RM30 to do so, and a geodesic dome of Buckminster Fuller's design. When it reached its full height during construction, the Komtar Tower was briefly the tallest building in Asia. The whole complex suffered badly during the Asian recession in the 1990s with several anchor tennant stores closing down. Add to this some poor maintenance and lack of investment and it became a very sorry place indeed. However, when I visited in Feb 2009 a new department store, Pacific Komtar had moved in but it still has a 1970s feel about it.

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Willettsworld
Aug 17, 2010

The start and end of all your journeys

Komtar sticks out in the Penang skyline and you can't miss it. All bus journeys start and end there. Use it as your base and walk around the area. Lots to see and eat and shop. Very friendly and patient locals.

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pepemorris11
Aug 19, 2008

COMTAR TOWER

Comtar Tower supposed to be Penang's icon that is featured in Visit Penang brochure, is really a disgrace. It is dilapidated and many shops in there are closed. And get this - one has to pay $15 entrance fees to get into the 60 floor tower top view - or eat at the restaurant one floor below it!

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Mar 15, 2008
 
 
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Tallest Building in Penang

This tall skyscraper is very outstanding in Penang. Almost everywhere you go in Georgetown, you can see it. It is like a good way finding landmark. It can be seen even from the Prai side. Komtar used to be the prime shopping mall in Penang. However, nowadays, people are going to other newer shopping malls around the island.

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travelpug
Nov 13, 2007

Tallest Building in Penang

KOMTAR is a short name for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak and it is the tallest building here in Penang with 65 storeys high.

Although KOMTAR is not among the most tallest building in the world, but visiting the roof-top of this building surely a great memory for one to experience. Here in KOMTAR you can either go to the inside watch-out storey or the roof top to have a bird eyes view of Penang.

During my recent visit, I wrote an official letter to KOMTAR Management asking for levi to bring in my group to visit KOMTAR and we got it free without any charges. And surprisingly, we had been brought up to the roof-top which is where the helipad is. Its surely a great experience to just walk along the top railing of KOMTAR. It is very windy and it is a perfect spot to snap Penang's landscaping picture.

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Azri_Azmi
Sep 06, 2007

Go to the top of KOMTAR Tower

The highest building in town does not have a particularly inspired desing but it offers breathtaking views of the entire city from its panormic terrace. Well worth the few ringgits that the lift ride costs.

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DanielF
Aug 08, 2006

Massive building, but Penang Hill has better views

This 65-story tower is essentially the lone building in Georgetown's skyline. The 55th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and on clear days, the distant Kedah Peak on the mainland is visible.

Bottom-line: Nice views, but you can find better on Penang Hill.... and in a far more appealing natural setting.

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Dec 25, 2005
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"Penang - my birthplace"
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"colourful FUSION of culture"
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Komtar

Komtar used to be a hot spot for hanging around with frineds a few years ago. However, after the Penang government moved their development focus to more outskirt places(exp Bukit Jambul, Onestop, Gurney Plaza), Komtar had been abandoned.

However, the town is now re-energized by Praingin Mall and yet to be constructed Times Square.

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yuet29
Mar 10, 2005

Komtar

There is a restaurant on one of the higher floors of this building that serves great food. It is also a good place to take children or family, and there is a gift shop on another floor selling Malay souvenirs and gifts to take home for friends and family. Easy to get to.

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xxangelxx
Dec 29, 2004

Once the tallest building in Malaysia ...

until the erection of Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur .It is the landmark of Penang and perhaps the compass for travellers as well as locals ..

KOMTAR is short for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, which houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants. The 65-story complex also contains theaters, squash courts and a geodesic dome which serves as a multipurpose hall, while the 55th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and on clear days, also of Gunung Jerai in Kedah

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kenyneo
Jan 27, 2004

KOMTAR

The Complex Tun Abdul Razak, a prominent Penang landmark,
houses Government departments, commercial offices, department stores, shops and restaurants. The 65-story complex also contains theaters, squash courts and a geodesic dome which serves as a multipurpose hall, while the 55th floor offers a panoramic view of the city and on clear days.

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Nov 12, 2002

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Cathedral of the Assumption

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Chew Jetty

The Chew Jetty is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers Penang and Melaka, and it is in brief a collection of stilt houses. It was first built more than 100 years ago as a clan jetty for...
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