To be honest, does Georgetown, Penang really need a 60-storey skyscraper to be considered a city of substance or consequence? Strangely enough, KOMTAR (acronymn for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) used to be Malaysia's tallest building before the twin-towers of Petronas in Kuala Lumpur came into being.
Today, KOMTAR remains Penang's sore-thumb and lingering eye-sore. The shopping centre that takes up its base is rundown and the general environment grotty. The viewing tower at the top used to be a legitimate tourist attraction, but it has become a shadow of its former self. Its entrance on the ground floor is hard to locate, being very poorly sign-posted. Look out for the Maybank outlet and the lifts are just beside it. There is a small entrance fee, which could be used to redeem for a tea, soft drinks and discounts for kitschy souvenirs.
The 360 degrees view from the top, however, is spectacular. Enjoy it for as long as it takes as this may be the only redeeming feature of this rather sorry attraction.
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