If you adore shopping, and you’ve wondered what kinds of malls there are out there, beyond the boundaries of your hometown, then this list is for you. Let’s take a look at the ten biggest shopping malls on earth.
Mall of Asia
With a name like Mall of Asia, you know it’s going to be big. It’s located in Pasay, Philippines. It was opened just seven years ago, and it has a square footage that’s over four million feet. How many people do you think visit the mall on a daily basis? There are over 200,000 people that visit the mall on a daily basis, and that’s on a slow day too! Plus, it had the first IMAX theater in all of the Philippines. There’s also the first ice skating rink, of an Olympic size, in the mall. Guess how many stores the mall has? There are almost 1,100 stores where you can get anything you desire, and with an international trade system that works as fluidly as it does, you can get just about anything you can think of there. Plus, you can get a lot of cheap goods there because of all the manufacturing that goes on there.
The 9th biggest mall on earth is the Sunway Pyramid, and it’s got quite a unique name indeed. It’s located in Selangor, Malaysia. It’s about 4.2 million square feet, and it’s just slightly larger than the Mall of Asia. There are less stores than the Mall of Asia though. It only has 800 stores. One thing that makes this mall so interesting is the entrance’s look. There is a pyramid at the front of it, and it mimics those kinds of pyramids that were were found in Egypt. There is also a lion on the front, and it’s supposed to be standing guard. You can easily reach the mall through public transportation.
Turkey is known for its history of malls, and some of the largest malls in history were conceived there hundreds of years ago. It’s no surprise that the 8th largest mall on earth is also there. Check out the Cevahir Mall in Istanbul, Turkey, if you want to see a small that is 4.5 million square feet. However, you may be a little disappointed that it only has 343 stores. However, it has 48 restaurants, a bowling alley, and more than a dozen cinemas. This is definitely a mall you can get entertained at, and the interior is just exquisite, with polished marble, crystal, and gold motif to really bring out the mystique and glamor of Turkey. There are mostly just international stores in the mall. The restaurants are also international restaurants. Plus, you can see international movies. If you’re visiting Turkey, and you want a state of back home, wherever back home is, then go here.
Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley Megamall in Malaysia, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, is in a tie for the the 8th biggest mall on earth. It’s one of the other malls in Malaysia that makes the top ten list. Malaysia is quickly becoming known as “Mallasia”. They are getting international attention for the number of big malls they have. There are just over 400 stores across the five floors. Out of the 400 or so stores, there are five big anchor stores. What’s great about this mall, though, in particular, is that it’s part of a larger complex that is home to a couple of hotels and over 30 offices. It’s in a very concentrated area as far as lodging and business, and it’s definitely an entire area you need to check out if you’re in Kuala Lumpur.
Isfahan City Center
Isfahan City Center is a gorgeous mall in Iran that is over 4.5 million square feet, and it’s the 7th largest mall on earth. It opened just recently though, and its doors officially let in the public on November 12th, 2012. There are over 750 stores spread out roughly evenly over seven floors. As well as its stores, this mall also hosts stalls, airline offices, restaurants, and a hypermarket. For those people who haven’t seen Iranian interior design, this is it at its finest.
Central World is the 6th biggest mall on earth, and it’s located in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s over 4.6 million square feet, and its complex has two skyscrapers too. It is in the Pathum Wan district, and it is very easily accessible and conveniently located. It has a gigantic, five-star hotel there too. It is a tremendous sight to see. You should definitely try to stay in the hotel if you’re in the city. Sleep there at night and enjoy the luxurious amenities, and go on shopping trips throughout the day at the Central World mall afterward.
Persian Gulf Complex
Iran is home to one of the world’s other biggest malls too. Iran is known for its shopping malls, and neighboring Turkey has some of the biggest ones too, with the concept stretching back hundreds of years in Turkey. Shiraz, Iran hosts the fifth biggest shopping mall. It is over 4.8 million square feet. Furthermore, it has more stores than almost any other mall too. If you just look at the number of shops, it is the biggest mall on earth. However, most measurements of mall size are based on square footage, and this mall does not have the most. The complex has six 240-seat theaters, a hypermarket, a bowling alley, and a couple of amusement parks. This is like a city in itself. You could hang out here and get lost and never remember where you were the first day if you toured the whole mall and came back to square one. Plus, the mall even has its own hotel, and it has 262 hotel rooms, plus there is a tennis court, indoor and outdoor pools, a helipad, and a convention center.
1 Utama is the fourth largest mall on earth. It is located in Selangor, Malaysia. This is the second mall located in Selangor, Malaysia that is one of the largest on earth. That city is home to a couple of the most awesome malls on the planet, and if you ever visit this tremendous place, you simply have to check them both out. Plus, Malaysia has some of the biggest malls on earth outside of this city. It is over five million square feet, and it has six stories, and it has over 700 stores as well. There was a new wing put onto the mall, and it’s the biggest mall in the country after that renovation took place. There are 120,000 people that go in and out of that city every day. It has five anchor stores, and it has a couple of supermarkets as well.
SM City North EDSA
SM City North EDSA is in the Philippines; it’s the third largest mall on earth. It opened in 1985, and it had 1,100 stores, which is a high number for any mall, but it only has half the stores as Iran’s largest mall. It is the biggest mall in Southeast Asia, and there are over 400 restaurants there. There are a lot of of additions to the mall, like two cinemas, a hypermarket, a supermarket, an IMAX theater, and a bowling alley.
The Golden Resources Mall
The second biggest mall on earth is the Golden Resources Mall, and it’s located in Beijing, China. It has six million square feet, and there are over 1,000 stores. Each floor of the mall is devoted to its own unique look, and there is a category for each floor of the mall. For example, the lowest floor has mostly maternity and children’s stores. The smallest floor is a little sports arena.
New South China Mall
New South China Mall is the biggest mall on earth, and you would expect the biggest mall on earth to be in China. The mall has a small number of stores at 47 stores though. The reason is that 99% of the mall has been vacant since it opened in 2005. The mall has a lack of accessibility and a suburban location that make it hard to get people coming into the mall. The only occupied area of the mall is the area near the Western fast food restaurants. It’s kind of ironic that the biggest mall on earth as the fewest stores, at least as far as the top ten list is concerned.