THIRTY years after Komtar first opened its doors in 1986, the building has been reborn into Penang’s largest indoor theme attraction spanning across 11 floors.
Penang’s tallest skyscraper now houses THE TOP@Komtar by Only World Group (OWG), which is packed with glitzy new attractions on Levels Two to Six, 59, 60, 65, 66, 67 and 68, including the tallest glass skywalk in Southeast Asia on the rooftop.
Komtar, which stands for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, has three new floors added to the original 65 storeys.
The glass bridge, named Rainbow Skywalk, has become the talk of the town as it gives the thrill of looking down from a height of 249m.
The observatory deck at Level 65, which used to be the tower’s helipad, impresses with a glass walkway too and an impressive view of the island and mainland in air-conditioned surroundings.
THE TOP@Komtar also introduces another attraction namely the 7D Discovery Motion Theatre, set to be a crowd-puller as the first of its kind in Asia, as it transports the audience into a virtual reality with motion and tactile sensations within a dome motion theatre.
Adults are not left out as they can also tap into their ‘inner child’ with dinosaurs coming ‘alive’ at the Jurassic Research Centre with over 200 live-sized dinosaurs located where Komtar’s urban garden and open podium used to be.
Other attractions include Ocean Explorer, Dino Gym, DanceOki, Magic Mirror Maze, Musical Carousel, Dragon Regatta, Jelly Bump, Tongkat Ali King, Durian The King of Fruits and others.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang has seen a rebirth of its landmark icon with THE TOP@Komtar.
“What an incredible transformation! Komtar was a sad sight that no one wanted to go to. This building was once the tallest in Southeast Asia but it was abandoned and left to die.”
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said it was impressive to find the place become ‘something’ out of nothing.
“This place was abandoned and naturally Malaysians tend to just ignore it. It was such a waste and this proves that we can make something out of nothing,” he said.
Mohd Nazri, who represented Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and read out the latter’s speech, said Komtar serves as a reminder of the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu’s vision for Penang.
“He realised that there was a need for urban development and heritage conservation, and thus, Komtar was conceived. Today, this legacy that began in the 1970s continues,” he added.
OWG chairman Datuk Dr Tengku Rethwan Tengku Mansor said their belief in Penang as a top tourist destination propelled the group to revitalise Komtar as an icon.
“We are proud to unveil THE TOP and its multiple attractions for just about everyone.
“Not only will THE TOP@Komtar be goods news for the tourism industry, I believe the spillover impact onto Penang’s economy as a whole will be tremendous, particularly in creating jobs for locals,” he said.
OWG, a listed company that specialises in F&B and leisure attractions, won a 45-year lease on five levels of Komtar in 2012 and is on a mission to revitalise the building.
The company began with 5,574sq m in the complex and they are now using about 28,000sq m of floor space to turn Komtar into a leisure destination for Malaysians and tourists alike.
Details, visit http://thetop.com.my/.