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Komtar

Address: George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Ranked #38 of 43 Attractions in George Town
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

KOMTAR is an acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, named after Malaysia's second Prime Minister and is comprised of the tower and mall below although these reviews rightly seem to be more concerned with the mall. However, before I continue, the tower is also accessible by the public as it more than just private offices. There is a decent restaurant... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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112 reviews 112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

...since 95+% of all busses go through there. So it serves rather as a bus station/landmark rather than a good mall. Few decent shops, only few decent restaurants. Looks and smells old. Prices are usually not lowest in George Town

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London, United Kingdom
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237 reviews 237 reviews
70 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Worth a visit for quick and cheap bargains. It is not an attractive mall especially when compared to its neighbour, 1st Avenue, but worth a visit nonetheless if for nothing else than its heritage.

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Sandefjord, Norway
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204 reviews 204 reviews
120 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

High Point here for me was the cinema cheap and early release of western movies. Central location. Dangerous walking near at night. Mugging and snatch thieves

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Paris, France
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

First when I arrived, I thought the revolving view restaurant was there... Then, I saw that it's the one element which allow you to find your way in Penang :) Nothing to do, except taking your bus (main bus station), do some shopping (...)

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India
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The mall is old but has some good bargains. It has a good nasi campur on the first floor. Can't believe that food can be so good and cheap in malaysia. The washrooms are not good though. The free shuttle bus is a boon for tourists.

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Geilenkirchen, Deutschland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Komtar tour is probably the biggest building in george town almost visible down to fort conwallis at the coast. The building is right next to the bus station. When you look for a nice bookshop with english books, its right at komtar building (1st floor. You leave the bus station and turn left. On the other side of the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Komtar has been an building in Penang for as long as I can remember - it fell out of favor for a while but is making a comeback recently. Once the centre was in a state of disrepair but it is slowly coming back and the shops are returning. There is a department store located inside (I am sorry I... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
55 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Komtar which is considered a landmark in the downtown area of Penang is such a below average architectural design that you don't feel like looking at it twice. It's plain ugly, an eyesore! A tall phallus like structure with no creative or innovative design features. It does not even reflect the local vernacular. There is nothing interesting inside as well...mostly... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

it's a transportation hub really with w/ some stores in it and surrounding it. It's convenient to catch buses to go to other parts of Penang, but really kind of run down.

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