Komtar, Penang: Stunning Views from the Tallest Building in Georgetown, Malaysia


Komtar is the tallest building in Georgetown, by far, and going up it to enjoy the breathtaking views was my favourite Penang activity.

It rained throughout our entire trip to Penang, and after three days of nonstop trudging around looking at Georgetown, the botanic gardens, temples and museums all while clutching our umbrellas and returning to our hotel with soaking wet shoes, it was time for an indoor activity. Of course, it was our last day when the sun finally came out.

Komtar Tower For only RM 5 each we took the lift up to the 60th floor. Stepping into the viewing area, the vista spread out before us of Penang with its white tower blocks, colonial era roofs and forested hills behind was stunning.

View from KomtarWe could see out to sea and across to mainland Malaysia, and by having a closer look we were able to spot the intricately detailed roofs of temples. Having soaked up the view from the main room, we asked if we could go round to see the other side, and we were able to look out from most of the round building, getting a 360-degree impression of the island.

View 2If you visit Penang, go up the Komtar building. It’s not obviously advertised and we hadn’t read about it in our guidebook, but it offers one of the best city views I’ve seen in Southeast Asia.

Not suitable for vertigo sufferers!

Not suitable for vertigo sufferers!

 

Spot Fort Cornwallis in the distance.

Spot Fort Cornwallis in the distance.

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