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“Go only for the views”
Review of Komtar

Komtar
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'Top of Penang' Experience - Admission Ticket
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

The building complex looks terribly old and poorly maintained although bits of it have been refurbished. For shopping, there are many other better malls nearby such as First Avenue which is connected to Komtar via a covered bridge-link over the road.

We first went on a Saturday after reading about its viewing deck in a travel brochure. Found out that it is only open Mondays to Fridays. You get tickets at the information counter at the "entrance" on the lowest floor (where the Maybank is). RM3 for Malaysians and RM5 for foreigners. A girl then showed us to 2 rather quick lifts that went up to the 60th floor.

The viewing deck was in a sad condition and terribly run-down. The air-conditioning didn't seem to be working; it was warm and stuffy and I was sweating. However, the views of Georgetown and its surroundings must be the best you can get on the island. There were actually 2 viewing areas which were separated by a passageway through the lift-area. The toilet facilities were again outdated but they appeared clean and were still functioning. There was only one staff visible on the entire level and he was manning the little shop.

Would have given this attraction an "excellent" rating if it was in a much better condition.

2  Thank Malaysiantraveller68
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

There have one stop service, there have bank, food court and shopping. All bus almost should be going to Komtar,

Thank Wong M
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I'm not sure what I expected from Komtar, but I didn't expect it to be so run down and empty. It's not great to look out from the outside, but on the inside it's grey and deserted. Use it as a landmark, nothing else.

2  Thank Benjamin N
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Komtar has been in Penang for many years. They renovated partial of the building. However, it doesn't impress me as most of the shops were old and not updated.

1  Thank Flowerymae
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

the icon of Penang.mostly holds the govt offices and retail outlets.it has been revamped and the new wing is very much more to date then the older part of the building.so theres still some old charm left behind.

Thank Melissa_Cornelius
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