If you enjoy shopping, as most people do, you may have wondered at some point, which malls in the world are the largest. If you have, your question is about to be answered. Here is a list of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world, as well as information about them.
10. Mall of Asia
Number 10 on the list of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world is Mall of Asia, in Pasay, Philippines. Opened in 2006, this mall has a total square footage of 4.2 million square feet. It is estimated that about 200,000 people visit this mall each day. This mall is known to have the first IMAX theater in the country. It also have the Philippines very first Olympic-sized ice skating rink. The mall has roughly 1080 stores.
9. Sunway Pyramid
The 9th largest mall in the world is Sunway Pyramid, found in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The mall is 4.2 million sq feet big and has more than 800 stores. One thing that makes this mall so memorable is the look of its entrance; there is a pyramid in the front, mimicking those found in Egypt. There is also a Lion, who is said to be “standing guard.” The mall stands at five feet tall and is easily accessible by public transportation.
8. Cevahir Mall
The Cevahir Mall in Istanbul, Turkey, 4.5 million sq ft in size, is tied for the 8th largest mall in the world. Though it only has 343 stores, it has 48 restaurants, 12 cinemas, a bowling alley, show stage and a roller coaster. The stores in this mall are mostly international stores, like Adidas, Converse, Levi’s, and Reebok. Their restaurants, including Burger King and Pizza Hut, are also international establishments.
8. Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is tied for the 8th largest mall in the world. There are 430 stores spread across five floors. Of these 430 stores are five anchor stores. The mall is part of a complex that is home to 30 offices and two hotels.
7. Isfahan City Center
At 4.5 million sq ft, Isfahan, Iran’s Isfahan City Center is the 7th largest mall in the world. Opened recently, on November 12th, 2012, this mall has more than 750 stores and has 7 floors. In addition to its store, this shopping mall is also home to a hypermarket, restaurants, airline offices, and stalls.
6. Central World
Central World in Bangkok, Thailand is the 6th largest mall in the world. The mall itself is 4.6 million sq ft and its complex is home to two skyscrapers. Its location in the Pathum Wan district makes its conveniently located and easily accessible. The complex is home to a large, five-star hotel.
5. Persian Gulf Complex
Shiraz, Iran is home to the world’s fifth largest shopping mall. Persian Gulf Complex is 4.8 million sq feet and has an astounding 2,500 stores. As far as the number of actual shops, it is the biggest in the world. But, as nice as the mall itself is, people are drawn to it because of its other features. The complex is home to two amusement parks, a bowling alley, a hypermarket, and six 240-seat theaters. The mall has its own hotel, a 262 room hotel to be exact, which has a convention center, helipad, indoor and outdoor pools, and also a tennis court.
4. 1 Utama
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia’s 1 Utama is the 4th largest mall. Opened in 1995, the 5.0 million sq foot, six story mall has over 700 stores. A new wing was added on to the mall, making the country’s largest mall. There are five anchor department stores here, as well as two supermarkets. As many as 120,000 people are thought to visit the mall each day.
3. SM City North EDSA
SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, Phillipines ranks number three in the world’s largest malls list. The mall opened in 1985 and is home to an amazing 1,100 stores. This mall is Southeast Asia’s biggest mall. In addition to all of its store’s the mall also has 400 restaurants that include traditional Asian cuisine, as well as international cuisine. The mall itself also has its own bowling alley, IMAX theater, a supermarket, a hypermarket, two cinemas. SM City North EDSA won the 2011 Most Trusted Mall Brand – Gold Award and the 2010 Shopping Center of The Year – Large Mall Category award.
2. The Golden Resources Mall
At number 2 is The Golden Resources Mall located in Beijing, China. The mall is 6.0 million sq ft in size and has over 1,000 stores. There are six floors up as well as one floor down. Each floor of the mall has its own distinct category. The lowest floor consists of mainly children’s and maternity stores. There is also an ice skating rink, an electronics store, and a supermarket. The first floor has restaurants, clothing stores, and jewelry stores. Floors two and three are mainly sportswear and men’s and women’s clothing stores. The fourth floor is dedicated to children’s clothing and toys. Floor five is mainly eating establishments, but also has an arcade, bookstore, and movie theater. The smallest floor, floor 6, is a sports area.
1. New South China Mall
The world’s largest mall is located in Dongguan, China and is called New South China Mall. Believe it or not, the mall only has 47 stores. That is because 99% of it has been vacant since 2005. It’s believed that the reason for this is the mall’s suburban location and lack of accessibility. The only occupied area of the mall is the area near the Western fast food chains. There are 2,303 spaces available for rent. The mall has seven distinct zones, modeled after seven international destinations: Egypt, The Caribbean, California, Paris, Venice, Rome, and Amsterdam make up these destinations.
Many people wonder where the biggest malls in the world are located. The above is a list of the top 10 largest shopping malls. Perhaps you can use this list to plan a trip to one or more of the above malls, if you are a fan of shopping.