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BenYorkie
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,378 contributions
Dec 2020
Komtar itself is in a bit of a time warp but there are two other interlinked malls so your selection of shopping choices is quite a lot.
And everything - clothes , shoes, phones, IT accessories, hardware, DIY - from top to bottom.
Worth a visit to soak in some local culture and retail therapy :-)
Written January 1, 2021
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HungryForMoreMum
Melbourne, Australia201 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This place feels like it has seen better days. The ‘bones’ suggest it was or could be a super fun destination but has fallen into some disrepair. Totally worth a visit but hope that next we visit Penang it was been given some more love
Written February 3, 2023
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Anand1351
Singapore, Singapore2,735 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
You have few attractions in Komtar.
Skywalk , viewing gallery and rooftop called The TOP is main attraction.
The counter staff recommended us to take combo ticket that included Aquarium and Jurassic park as well.
Aquarium was reasonable, I don’t agree with some previous user comments that place is dirty or small, it’s reasonably good.
Jurassic is more for kids but not bad actually.
There was some carnival stuff and restaurants also, must visit in Penang.
Written August 17, 2022
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Andrew G
329 contributions
Jun 2023
Check out The Top at 68 floor - the roof !
You get that magnificent 'overview' of beautiful and modern Penang and even Butterworth
Written June 28, 2023
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Frank1958490907
Brisbane, Australia202 contributions
Sep 2014
I suppose most people do not know about this. One can go to the 3 rd floor ( city council offices) and get a visitor pass by leaving your Passport or Drivers
Licence. You then take the middle blue lift to the 60 the floor. The floor looks like it's going to be renovated but the views were breathtaking. Fantastic 360 degrees views.
Written September 27, 2014
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EarthlingOnline
Worldwide3,789 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
Though it was touted as futuristic by its then proponents and beneficiaries, KOMTAR could also be considered the most egregious symbol of urban blight (rather than urban renewal) in Georgetown. Where tall buildings may be considered important in the constrained space of Pulau Pinang – such extreme monstrosities as KOMTAR, impinging on the architectural and cultural marvel that is central Georgetown, and the thinking that led to KOMTAR, were almost certainly Georgetown's greatest threat. It's unsightly, a commercial failure (businesses try to use the space, fail, and abandon it), and a real negative factor in traffic flow.

I have no experience with the office complex. But KOMTAR's public spaces have always seemed to be ugly, awkward, and sad. The adjacent Prangin Mall seems much cleaner, more vibrant and successful, and hardly the eyesore that is KOMTAR. (However, on a recent visit we were able to pick up a few deals at the Pacific departmental store in KOMTAR – such as size 12 Nike Air shoes being surplussed as not being purchased by mainstream customers of that store.)

Fortunately, not all of Georgetown was destroyed by such a mindset – and more recent efforts at revitalization of Georgetown's rich heritage are now taking a much more upbeat form.

IMHO, Georgetown would look and work much better had KOMTAR never been built in such form. As it is such a sad place, and still a drag on the community, should it be razed and be replaced by a properly conceived urban renewal project?

Five stars for Georgetown. 2.5 stars for Pulau Pinang's typical urban sprawl. Zero stars for KOMTAR.
Written November 29, 2013
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PianoManiac
Singapore91 contributions
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.
Written April 28, 2008
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nskhoo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia38 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
This is a review for The Top @ Komtar. It only covers the theme park, not the skydeck.

Firstly, super overpriced tickets of almost RM100 per person, and doesn't even include admission to all attractions.

Next, the attractions are really lousy, manned by unenthusiastic workers who are clearly there for their paycheck only.

The Jurassic Research Center attraction is gimmicky and not even in the least bit educational.

For a "brand new" place to be in Penang, it already looks run down and badly maintained.

Do yourself a favour, skip the theme park attractions. Maybe the skydeck observatory is a better value for your money.
Written February 20, 2017
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allan7554
Blackburn, UK38 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Having visited there last July and had a great experience, I thought I would try it again, as the FREE waxworks display and looking at all the different cafes and restaurants were great, even visiting the very top and enjoying the view of Georgetown in 360 degrees. However that is where it ends, imagine my surprise and disgust when I walked up the steps to the entrance to now find it roped off with 2 security guards there. Apparently, there is new management who now expect you to pay just to even get inside before you start paying out for food and drinks and all the extra paying attractions. I think it was 5 ringgit but the point is pay to get into a place just to walk around and maybe visit a restaura\nt etc. NO CHANCE JUST ANOTHER WAY TO FLEECE THE TOURISTS I WILL NOT BE VISITING THERE AGAIN.
Written February 8, 2019
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sand2skis
Gold Coast, Australia323 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
There are two distinct components of Komtar namely (a) The TOP and (b) the retail mall. This review is in respect of the latter.

For reviews on The TOP - which includes the Windows of the Top Observatory Deck, Rainbow Skywalk and Avenue of Adventures - search TripAdvisor for this: TheTOP@Komtar.

Komtar Tower was completed in 1986 and, since then, it has become a landmark of Penang. However, the once premier shopping mall in George Town has fallen well behind other shopping malls. Sadly, the majority of retail premises within the mall are vacant and large areas of the mall are entirely empty or cordoned off.

Only a few shops remain open and, while you may get bargains at those shops, it is hardly worth your time walking through literally hundreds of metres of aisles in order to find them. We walked what felt like miles and found only a handful of shops and those were not even worth going into.

You will be far better off shopping in the adjacent malls – 1st Avenue Mall or Prangin Mall. Otherwise further afield at Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon or Queensbay Mall at Bayan Lepas.

Komtar is supposedly being renovated but, in reality, little work seems to be occurring. Or it is being undertaken in a patchwork fashion. Seems to me that the entire mall needs to be completely overhauled and renovated. I do hope that Komtar will return to its former glory one day.

Meanwhile Komtar remains a landmark. But today, this is only through its physical 68-floor profile and The Top observation deck. The retail mall is virtually non-existent.

Other than the Rainbow Skywalk and Observation Deck at The TOP, spend your time elsewhere!

Thanks for reading this review and my gratitude should you rate it as helpful. Life is short... go travelling and enjoy life today!
Written October 16, 2017
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