ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar
Komtar (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) complex used to be the tallest tower in South East Asia. The 232 meter, 65 storey tower can still be seen from far; after all these years it still dominates Georgetown's skyline. The shopping mall within the complex was opened for public in 1989. At the time it was a very popular mall, but over the years the mall lost most of its original glamour. Penang government started revitalizing the mall in 2007 to make it attractive to public again. One of the improvements was implementing the two sky bridges to the neighboring malls 1st Avenue and Prangin; so shoppers could walk directly from one mall to the other without having to cross the busy streets. Another great improvement was the opening of ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar in 2010; the biggest IT department store at Penang Island that sells all kinds of electronic products including gadgets, phones and computer related products.
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At the lower levels of this building there are a number of floors with small shops. Though the mall is a bit outdated, but it has plenty to offer for bargain hunters. The complex has a basement where you have a huge number of small shops, most selling pirated Blu-ray movies, located in narrow alleys. By day the place is deserted, but at the end of the day and during the evenings it can be very crowded. At the entrance of the complex you will find a large number of ATMs. Here you will also find a number of trishaw drivers that take tourists on a nice round trip through Georgetown historical center. There is an observation deck on the 60th floor, but it is currently closed for renovation works (for quite some time). Within the tower many administrative offices for the Penang state government are located.
The Komtar shopping complex is located within the heart of Georgetown. Under the complex is a main bus station, the bus from Batu Ferringhi makes a stop here which makes it easy for tourists that stay overnight at Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah to visit the mall.