Landmarks of Penang This tiny state up north is known for many things, from its food to its diverse culture to its heritage zone and famed beaches, but there are many significant landmarks in this state that are must-visit places for first time visitors. These are the landmarks that are a part of the Penang identity. These places are so much a part of the state that just an image of these places is enough to remind people of this state. Let’s take a look at these icons of Penang. Penang Bridge Known as the sexiest bridge in the region, this 13.5km bridge was opened to traffic in 1985 to connect the island part of the state to the mainland side. It now caters to around 70,000 motorists every day and once a year, it will be closed for several hours to make way for the Penang Bridge International Marathon that has been religiously held on an annual basis. Penang second bridge is 70% completion and due to complete by November 2013. The total length of the RM 3 billion bridge is 24 km (15 mi) and will become the longest bridge in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Komtar (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) The mere mention of Komtar is enough to associate it with Penang as this 65-storey building used to be the tallest building in Asia and till today, it still dominates skyline of this island. Used as the main government administrative entre, this complex is made up of a 4-storey podium which is the main shopping arena, multi-storey carparks and the geometric block itself where all the government offices are located. Penang Hill One of the highest vantage points in the state where visitors and locals alike can get a breath of cold, fresh air while enjoying a panoramic view of the island. Visitors need only take a fast 10-minute trip up the hill on the newly refurbished hill railway train to reach the peak. The hokkien Chinese in Penang called Penang Hill as “Seng Kee Sua”. Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera is located on this island of Penang, within the area called Air Itam. It is 6km from the city. Situated about 823 meters (2750 feet) above sea level on this northern part of Penang, this oldest hill resort and the first in Malaysia has cool, unpolluted air and historical feature. It stands prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area.