Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2017. To delve into a discussion of the largest shopping centers in the world 2017, you need to know the history behind them. It is not just the glitzy side of the merchandise in these mammoth tributes to commercialism but the story behind the building that is intriguing. So much goes into the making of a successful marketing adventure, especially one of the proportions involved with creating ‘mega-malls”. Here is a brief description of the ten largest malls in the world. Reading about them is inspiring and makes one want to go there “just to see”. Some have been huge successes from the beginning, and some have had a tremendous struggle, but each is unique.

List of Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2017

10. Sunway Pyramid, Subang Jaya, Malaysia


This mall is a wonderland opened in 1997 in as the first themed shopping and entertainment mall in Malaysia. It is located in the resort town of Subang Jaya and was planned and developed by 12. Sunway Berhad. The main section and front lobby is a pyramid outline with a stone lion standing guard at the entrance. There are two large domes joined there – the Orange Atrium and Blue Atrium. The Orange Atrium is a tribute to the sun god, Ra, with a sun flare pattern in warm bright colors. The Blue Atrium is themed to represent the Great River Nile with designs in shades of blue, panels symbolizing the waves of river Nile. You will find pseudo-hieroglyphics and pharaoh statues throughout the mall.

With 4 million square feet of retail space containing more than 800 stores, it is a shopping paradise with a gross floor area of 4,276,945 square feet. There are familiar stores such as Coach, House of Samsonite, Clinique, Victoria’s Secret, Radioshack, Samsung, Forever 21, Converse, Aeropostale, Wrangler, and many more retail stores. Of course, there are many places to fuel up for another round of shopping including coffee houses, pizza and fast food places, and other restaurants featuring a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. Entertainment offerings include a 12-screen cineplex, Malaysia’s first and largest in-mall ice-skating rink, a convention center which has hosted various international conferences and multi-story parking facilities. Concierge stations are placed throughout the building along with baby rooms, lockers, and other amenities.

The mall building is seamlessly connected to other Sunway assets such as Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Pyramid Tower Hotel and Menara Sunway and Sunway Medical Centre.

9. Cevahir Mall, Istanbul, Turkey

Cevahir Mall, Istanbul, Turkey Top Most Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2017

The complete name is Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Center although it is generally called Sisli Kultur ve Ticaret Merkezi. Opened in 2005, it was built on 6672,000 square feet of land at a cost of $250 million. It has a total floor area of 4,521,000 square feet and a gross leasable area of 1,184,000 square feet for shops and restaurants. There are six floors containing 343 shops, 34 fast food restaurants, and 14 exclusive restaurants. This is all topped with a glass roof that carries the second biggest clock in the world, with 10-foot high digits. The parking facilities span an area of 764,000 square feet and can hold 2,500 cars.

Entertainment includes a large stage for shows and other events, 12 cinemas (including a private theater and a cinema for children), a bowling alley, a small roller coaster, and several other entertainment facilities.

8. Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall Top Most Biggest Shopping Centers in The World 2019

Mid Valley Megamall is a complex comprised of a shopping mall, an office tower block, 30 offices, and 2 hotels located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was opened in November 1999. The mall has 4.5 million square feet of total floor area, of which 1.7 million square feet is leasable space.

It houses a 48,300 square foot convention centre and it is adjacent to a 646-room business hotel named Cititel Midvalley and the 390-room Boulevard Hotel, along with 30 units of exclusive 11-story signature offices. An 18-screen Golden Screen Cinema and a high-tech bowling alley are on the fifth floor.

The mall itself has about 430 shops on five and a half floors. It has five anchor tenants including Carrefour, Jusco, Golden Screen Cinemas, Metrojaya and Harvey Norman. It also includes two mega food courts and a mega bookstore called MPH.

7. Focal World, Bangkok, Thailand

Focal World, Bangkok, Thailand Top Popular Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2018

This mall has a tumultuous history. Focal World opened in 1990. In 2002, it was renamed Central World Plaza and then 11. Central World in 2005. In 2006, after three years of renovation, CentralWorld was expanded to 51,096.672 square feet of shopping mall and 11,022,244 square feet of complex.

On 19 May 2010, Central World was one of the many properties set on fire when the Red Shirts anti-government protesters were forcibly removed by troops after months of demonstrations which included complete blockage of the Rachaprasong shopping district and resultant rioting, and the shopping complex was temporarily closed. Part of the shopping complex reopened on 28 September 2010 after months of repair work.

CentralWorld’s layout is influenced by the shopping street concept, allowing shoppers to see several storefronts at a glance, with its overall design placing an emphasis on natural light that filters through the many skylights and open wells. Spectacular sculptures by famous artists decorate the facility, and a glass mobile consisting of 3,500 glass balls hanging in an open well provides an awesome sight.

You can find brand name clothing boutiques, high-tech gadgets, bookshops, designer furniture, imported groceries, a lineup of banks, beauty salons, gourmet eateries and even an ice-skating rink on its seven floors.

6. Persian Gulf Complex, Shiraz, Iran


Persian Gulf Complex is a large shopping mall located in Shiraz, Iran, also called Fars Shopping Complex. The facility has space for 2,500 stores covering 4,800,000 square feet. It opened in September 2011.

The complex includes the Burj Fars International, a 262-room hotel, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis court, convention center and a helipad. There are two amusement parks at the mall, an outdoor amusement park called Iran Land, covering 400,000 square feet, and an indoor amusement park covering 300,000 square feet with video games, a bowling alley, and a three-story billiard hall. The mall also has six 240-seat cinemas and a 50,000 square foot Carrefour Hypermarket.

5. Utama, Selangor, Malaysia


This huge commercial and entertainment complex in Isfahan, it was built in 1995 and added a new wing in 2003 is the largest shopping mall in Iran. The two wings incorporate more than 700 stores. There are four anchor stores – Eon, Isetan, Parkson, and Tangs.

Spanning 5 million square feet and 6 retail levels, it is seamlessly connected to the luxurious 5-star One World Hotel and high-rise offices Plaza IBM, KPMG Tower and 1 First Avenue by covered walkways for an integrated work-and-play environment.

1 Utama has themed zones: Highstreet, Oval, Rainforest, Secret Garden, Promenade, Promenade Lakeside, Centre Court, The Ledge, Food Street, Sportszone and Entertainment Zone. The Rainforest zone is a lush tropical paradise within the mall and the Secret Garden, South East Asia?s largest rooftop garden, has become a popular tourist attraction. This is one of the Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2017.

4. Isfahan City Center

Isfahan City Center Top Most Popular Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2018

This is the largest shopping mall in Iran, covering 6.5 million square feet. It is located near the city of Isfahan and the towns of Sepahan Shahr and Baharestan. The mall is developed by Prestige Land Iran Co. and was designed by the architect Medardo Cadiz of Cadiz International, Inc. It displays the rich heritage of Isfahan and its people and reflects Isfahan’s journey to becoming a world-class city of business, shopping, and tourism.

Built in four phases, the Center includes a 5-star hotel, a general shopping mall with more than 750 retail outlets, a museum, a hypermarket, restaurants, airline offices, an international financial center and a World trade center, as well as IMAX movie theaters with seven cinema screens and a fair complex. The expansion in 2011 consisted of 7 floors including fashion shops and departmental stores, banking halls, themed restaurants, cafes, gym, a covered children’s play area and additional 4700 parking spaces.

3. SM City North EDSA, Quezon City, Philippines


This is the biggest mall in Southeast Asia, located in Quezon City, Philippines. It opened on November 8, 1985, however, it has undergone additions and renovations ever since. It has more than 1,100 shops and 400 eateries. It additionally joins a private apartment suite zone. It features eight ranges – the City Center, Interior Zone, The Annex, The Block, The Warehouse Club, Sky Garden, Northlink and Grass Residences.

Construction of SM City North EDSA started in 1983 and opened in 1985. Since then, the shopping mall has undergone several expansions and renovations. It features SM Department Store, The flagship SM Supermarket, a bowling alley, a food court, a Sky Garden, an entertainment stage for events, a 12-cinema complex, a Hypermarket, and 820 specialty shops and restaurants. In 2006, Ayala Malls constructed TriNoma, a shopping mall across North Avenue from SM City North EDSA, and created significant market competition. which probably inspired the developers to build the sky mall.

SM City North EDSAl attracts almost 4.4 million visitors on weekends, and 1,000,000 to 2,100,000 visitors on weekdays. IT has a maximum capacity of 6.6 million people.

2. Brilliant Resources Mall, Beijing, China

Brilliant Resources Mall, Beijing, China Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World 2017

Golden Resources Shopping Mall, or Jin Yuan, is located in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Its nickname is “Great Mall of China”. It is an art deco mall with 6 million square feet, more than 230 escalators and 1,000 stores over six stories plus a restaurant space the size of two football fields, and a skating rink. Upon completion of the mall on October 20, 2004, it opened four days later.

The developer estimated that there would be 50,000 shoppers a day, as of 2004 the actual number was far smaller. One problem was that most of the merchandise sold there was beyond what most ordinary Chinese customers could pay. Another issue is that it is not easily accessible to foreign visitors. Since the Chinese cannot afford to buy enough to keep the mall going, it must depend to some degree on foreign customers. However. its location outside the city makes it a little difficult to get to. Furthermore, most of the stores were not set up to take foreign credit cards. When addressing these issues, Fu Yuehong, general manager of the New Yansha Group which operates nearly half the mall, explains:

“From the beginning, we wanted the largest shopping center in the world. We are the country with the most people in the world. We have the fastest growing economy. The largest mall shows our progress as a society . We think it will take three to five years to start making a profit.”

Traffic to this impressive mall has increased in the last few years, which has kept it flourishing.

1. New South China Mall

New South China Mall Top 10 Largest Shopping Centers in The World

In Dongguan in China, this mall space for 2,350 stores. The mall is divided into seven zones, each of which represents an area, specifically Amsterdam, California, Caribbean, Egypt, Paris, Rome, and Venice. The features include an 82-foot replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a replica of Venice’s St Mark’s bell tower, a 1.3-mile canal with gondolas, and a 1,814-foot indoor-outdoor roller coaster.

With over a total area of 9,600,000 square feet, of which approximately 7,100,000 square feet is leasable space, it was designed by Hu Guirong (Alex Hu[, who became a billionaire in the instant noodle industry.

New South China Mall opened in 2005 and for over 10 years it had been mostly vacant as very few merchants have ever signed up. In 2015, CNN reported that it had attracted a few stores after extensive renovations but it still had a large percentage of vacant space. When the mall opened, 99% of the space was vacant. Although 70,000 shoppers per day were expected an extremely smaller amount showed up.

The reason for this is simple. It was a bad location. The project’s main financial backer was from Dongguan and wanted this masterpiece to be in his city. He did not account for the fact that Dongguan is mostly a city of factories and its workers were not the clientele that the high-end shopping mall was targeting.

Also, although New South China Mall is not far from the bustling, ritzy areas of Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou, there is no practical way to get to it from there. Oddly, 9 million within a dozen miles of its location, but there are no efficient transportation corridors by which to get there. It would require switching buses several times, and such inconvenience cost the mall dearly. As for the mall itself, it had an eerie feeling of too much empty space where there should be crowds of people Some dubbed it the “Ghost Mall”.

Now, however, stores have opened up and activity has increased by leaps and bounds, and it was predicted that by the end of 2015 it would have full occupancy. They are still recruiting but are much more satisfied with the situation.

So there you have it, the ten Largest Shopping Centers in the world 2017. Each has an ambiance of its own, and a visit to any one would be a pleasure. If you have a passion for shopping, you would definitely enjoy visiting any of them. Even without buying a single item, it would be quite a sight-seeing adventure.

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