KOMTAR (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) was named in honour of the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tun Abdul Razak bin Hussein. At the time of its construction, the complex was the largest urban redevelopment project undertaken by the Malaysian Government.
It was designed to meet the growing demand for civic, administrative, commercial, and housing space in the city. KOMTAR also serves as a symbol of order and stability for the town and the province.
Although the goal of the project was to preserve the historic character of the town, its modern form stands in stark contrast to the smaller buildings around it.
KOMTAR was once the shopping haven for Penangites as shoppers could purchase almost anything under the sun. But there are much better places for shopping compared to Komtar these days.
If you are at KOMTAR, go up to the 55th floor as it offers a panoramic view of the city. On a clear sunny day, you can see a stunning vista of Gunung Jerai in Kedah.