World’s 10 Largest Shopping Malls

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Places to Go
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The one characteristic of big cities of contemporary society is shopping malls. Nowadays, shopping malls have become social areas that provide different kind of services, such as cinemas, restaurants, theaters and even skating rings. In many cities around the world, you will find that there is at least one shopping mall where you can dine, get accommodation and do shopping inside one building.

In recent years Asia has become the leading continent for the big shopping malls. In the list of the biggest shopping malls in the world, seven are located in Asia. In this article I will make a short overview of world’s biggest shopping malls

Ten Largest Shopping Malls in the World

South China Mall map in Dongguan, China

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South China Mall map in Dongguan, China

Empty section of New South China Mall, Dongguan, China.
Empty section of New South China Mall, Dongguan, China.

New South China Mall

South China Shopping mall is at the moment the world’s largest shopping mall, in terms of area. It was opened in 2005 in the City of Dongguan. It covers the space of 7,100,000 square feet. It is found Dongguan city in the south of China.

The architecture of the mall is such that it models the culture of different cities and regions from different parts of the world. The mall suffers a setback of limited occupation due to the inadequate inaccessibility, which is attributed to the absence of airports within the city or even a major highway next to the mall. This could be a good place to set up large stores because of the space that is available.

Shopping mall is divided into different districts, and each of them has a specific theme. You can find Amsterdam District, Venice District or Caribbean Sea District in this huge shopping mall.

Arcade in South China Mall.
Arcade in South China Mall.

South China Mall
South China Mall

New South China Mall, Dongguan, China, Arc de Triomphe replica.
New South China Mall, Dongguan, China, Arc de Triomphe replica.

Downtown Dubai Model
Downtown Dubai Model

Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall

One of the biggest and the greatest mall of the world is the Mall of Dubai or Dubai Mall. Dubai is considered as the city of shopping centres so every year people travel from distant corners of the world to shop from here. When it comes to Dubai, shopping mall of twelve million square feet of area is common thing. It is believed that the shopping mall has almost twelve hundred shops full of merchandise in them.

People buy a round and window shop as well in the malls of Dubai. Some of the most exotic attractions that make this mall a must see are, the existence of two hundred and twenty gold shops and a huge aquarium that has marine life of every kind almost. The Mall also has residential area where the travellers can stay and the largest 3D cinema that plays the latest movies. The place has been recorded in the Guinness book of world record due to the reason that it the largest shopping mall when it comes to area in the whole world.

 

The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall

Waterfall at the Dubai Mall.
Waterfall at the Dubai Mall.

Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

Ice rink right in the middle of Dubai Mall.
Ice rink right in the middle of Dubai Mall.

Golden Resources Mall
Golden Resources Mall

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Golden Resources Mall

Is another mall that is included in the list of world’s biggest malls? This mall is located in the People’s Republic of China. It has more than 1000 stores and it has a totalarea of 7, 3 million square feet. It is located in the fourth ring road in Beijing. Being situated outside city center, the shopping center has difficulties to attract foreign visitors.

As the country enjoys the status of the most populated country of the world, so does it, malls enjoy the status of the second largest mall of the world in terms of area. The mall is believed to have around thousand shops that sell unique merchandise. All the shops in the mall are not yet occupied; some portion is still under construction still the mall manages to secure the second position.

Golden Resource Mall in China
Golden Resource Mall in China

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The front of the replica of the Santa Maria at West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada.
The front of the replica of the Santa Maria at West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada.

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West Edmonton Mall

Another on the list is West Edmonton Mall which is located in the North American Region. West Edmonton Mall in Canada is biggest shopping mall in Northern America.It was opened in 1981 and it includes besides stores wave pool, hotel and several restaurant. This mall receives 28 million visitors every year and more than 23 000 people are employed in the mall.

This mall does not solely sell the merchandise rather it provides equal opportunity of recreations. The mall has the high traffic of people as compared to other malls listed above although it stands fifth in terms of the area. The place is believed to have about eight hundred shops to shop from. It also has five-star hotel associated that offers stay. Many restaurants sell almost every type of cuisine and there are amusement and water parks for the little ones in the family.

Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall, Canada
Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall, Canada

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Food Court of West Edmonton Mall in Canada
Food Court of West Edmonton Mall in Canada

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Mall of Asia
Mall of Asia

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SM Mall of Asia

SM mall of Asia, also known as SMA, was inaugurated in 2006. It is the biggest shopping mall in Philippines. Inside the shopping mall there are several cinemas, ice-skating ring, and a science discovery center.

The mall covers area of 407,000 square meters in all and usually called a site that must be seen for the travellers instead of a place where you can shop only. The place is one of its kinds with multi lane balling alleys, movie theatres and skating areas. People can buy, eat and enjoy all at the same time while visiting this superb place.

MOA
MOA

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Mall of Asia
Mall of Asia

Cehavir Istanbul

Cevahir Istanbul is the biggest shopping mall in Turkey. This shopping mall, inaugurated in 2005, has 280 stores, cinemas, theater and a roller coaster.

It has been in operation since mid October in the year 2005. In the mall, you will find stores with world global brand recognition like Adidas, restaurants and food chains like the McDonalds.

Cevahir Mall
Cevahir Mall

Fruit Section of Cevahir Mall.
Fruit Section of Cevahir Mall.

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Berjaya Times Square
Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square is a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The buildings are forty-eight floors high and in them, you will find a great shopping centre and a five star hotel.

It offers luxury accommodation, restaurants and cinemas. Shopping mall also houses Asia’s biggest indoor theme park and Malaysia’s first IMAX theatre, which shows both 2D and 3D movies. Each month this shopping mall is visited by 2.5 million visitors.

Main atrium of Berjaya Times Square shopping mall.
Main atrium of Berjaya Times Square shopping mall.

Berjaya Time Square in Kuala Lumpur
Berjaya Time Square in Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Time Square
Berjaya Time Square

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is the proud of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. It includes many luxurious shops, 15-screen cinema, aquarium, art gallery and bowling alleys. It has been in operation for almost six years now.

In this mall, you will find stores that specialize in certain goods, restaurants, theatres that include the largest in Asia, an aquarium and a hall for exhibition, which includes Thai Art Gallery.

Siam Paragon
Krungsri IMAX, Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon,Thailand.
Krungsri IMAX, Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon,Thailand.

SM Megamall

This is one of the malls for shopping that are rated as the top ten in terms of size all over the world. It is located in the business district of Ortigas in Philippines and is found in two buildings although they have a connection between them in the form of a bridge.

SM Megamall is situated in Mandaluyong City in Philippines. It has 12 cinemas, a bowling center, and a convention hall.

The mall has a capacity of about four million people. Some of the facilities you will find in it are a cyber zone, a toy world, a food court, a cinema among others.

SM Megamall
Philippine Idol Stage in SM Megamall Cinema 3.
Philippine Idol Stage in SM Megamall Cinema 3.

Mall Taman Anggrek in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Mall Taman Anggrek in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Taman Anggrek Mall

Taman Anggrek Mall, which means orchid garden mall, is situated in Western Jakarta, in Indonesia. It was opened in 1996. The mall has 526 stores in 7 floors. Shopping mall offers numerous attractions such as ice skating ring, game centre, 4-screen theatre-cinema complex, swimming pool and international fitness club. Furthermore, it offers secure parking for 4000 cars.

Mall’s 800 square meters big atrium host different events which attracts national and international visitors. Shops vary from inexpensive brands to high end boutiques and therefore malls attract visitors from very different socio-economical backgrounds.

Also in mall you can find all different kinds of bars and restaurants. Mall is owned by Mulia group and was designed by Altoon and Porter architects from Los Angeles.

Ice skating inside Taman Anggrek Mall. Ice skating rink is possible altough there is no winter in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ice skating inside Taman Anggrek Mall. Ice skating rink is possible altough there is no winter in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Taman Anggrek Mall
Taman Anggrek Mall

Taman Anggrek Mall
Taman Anggrek Mall

These malls will offer you breathtaking experiences in terms of available entertainment, services and products. If you visit a country in which one of the malls are found, you should make an effort of visiting this mall.

Source:  http://www.cosmicdust.hubpages.com

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Comments
  1. Wow! Mall of Asia and Megamall in the Philippines are among 10 largest malls in the world. Thanks for sharing this info! 🙂

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