Komtar’s Hidden Gems


Away from the offices and shops are some curious – and fascinating – nooks.

At its most basic level, Komtar is the administrative heart of Penang’s state and local governments. While the 65-storey (soon to be more) tower is recognisable to all, only a few know it well. Penang Monthly peers into three hidden spots in the state’s famous monument.

An Icon of Glamour

It was 1985, and the construction of the Komtar urban renewal project had been underway for over a decade. The structural work for the 65-storey, 232m-high tower block had been completed, and to mark the occasion, the top brass of the state had gathered for a “capping” ceremony at the very top of what would be the tallest building in the nation.

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