10 Biggest Malls in Asia: Shop 'til you Drop...At the Right Places!

The world is dotted with malls, each of them a repertoire of wonderful clothing, perfect shoes, lovely souvenirs, top-notch movie theatres, huge open spaces, and of course, scrumptious food. Asia is home to some of the best malls in the world. The extraordinary features, the ornate architecture, the spacious surroundings, and the plethora of shops inside, all combine to give each mall a sense of splendour that makes the overall shopping experience worthwhile.

Enlisted below are some of the biggest malls in Asia, which will help you have a wonderful experience the next time you set out to shop.

1. Golden Resources Shopping Mall, China

Golden Resources Mall, China
Locally referred to as Jin Yuan, the beautiful Golden Resources Shopping Mall lies in close proximity to the northwestern part of Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The mall came into existence in the year 2004 and has been standing unrivalled as the second-largest mall of the world since then.
Popular Brands at Golden Resources Shopping Mall: Sephora, Bose, Starbucks, Innisfree, and Folli Follie, among several others
Special Features of Golden Resources Shopping Mall:
  • Championship Ice Rink
  • Redsports Club
  • Tongda Tiandi – A Kid’s Fiesta
  • Leku Video Games
  • Na Yun Yi Mei Zhi Spa
  • Watermelon Head for Kids
Mall Area: The majestic Golden Resources Shopping Mall stands tall with six stories and occupies around a whopping 6000000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM from Monday to Thursday; 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Friday to Sunday

2. CentralWorld Mall, Thailand

CentralWorld Mall, Thailand
Formerly known as the World Trade Center, the grand CentralWorld in Bangkok is hailed as the eleventh-largest shopping centre in the world. The gorgeous complex takes pride in its extensive collection of about five hundred retail stores. Be it local Thai brands or international high-end brands, CentralWorld houses a large number of reputed stores. Right in front of CentralWorld is a huge area which is where people come on New Years’ Eve for the ultimate countdown to welcome a new year.
Special Features of CentralWorld Mall:
  • Four hundred fountainheads
  • The SF World Cinema, with fifteen screens
  • A wonderful complex that includes a 4D movie theatre and a library, collectively known as the TK Park
  • An indoor ice skating rink called the Rink Iceskate
  • The Genius Park, consisting of an arcade, a children’s park, and a number of learning centres
  • Two Hindu shrines
  • A hotel and an office tower
  • Two of the widely recognized departmental stores, namely Isetan and Zen Megastore
Mall Area: The CentralWorld Mall occupies around 5,920,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day

3. The Dubai Mall, Dubai

The Dubai Mall, Dubai
With over a thousand retail stores and around two hundred food outlets, the grandiose Dubai Mall stands tall in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Reputed as the twenty-sixth largest mall in the world, this shopping centre receives eighty million people in a year approximately. The delightful mall teems with a plethora of unique features and is a whole world on its own, which makes it a favourite among locals as well as tourists.
Popular Brands at the Dubai Mall: Bvlgari, Chanel, Chloe, Harry Winston, Symphony, Tiffany &Co., Van Cleef and Arpels, The Cheesecake Factory, Big Smoke Burger, Eat Greek, and Magnolia Bakery, among others
Special Features of the Dubai Mall:
  • The Dubai Fountain
  • The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • A VR Park
  • An Ice Rink
  • Twenty-two cinema screens
  • The Dubai Dino
  • The Dubai Opera
  • A replica of the Dubai Creek Tower
Mall Area: The spectacular Dubai Mall occupies an area of about 5,900,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 12 midnight from Sunday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday

4. 1 Utama Shopping Center, Malaysia

1 Utama Shopping Center, Malaysia
Standing tall since 1995, the largest mall in Malaysia, namely the 1 Utama Shopping Center, has bagged its place as the seventh-largest shopping mall in the world. With six floors that are home to over seven hundred retail stores, the shopping centre has quite a reputation. The mall is located in Petaling Jaya.
Popular Brands at 1 Utama Shopping Center:Adidas, Amboi!, Asus, Bobbi Brown, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dorothy Perkins, and Hush Puppies. Food outlets, including Baskin Robbins, Bar B Q Plaza, Burger King, Subway, Starbucks, as well as Seoul Garden, are also present here.
Special Features of 1 Utama Shopping Center:
  • Transportation hubs
  • Hobby centres for kids
  • A beautiful koi pond with a suspension bridge over it
  • Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing wall
Mall Area: The gorgeous 1 Utama Shopping Center is sprawled over an area of about 5,600,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday; 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday

5. SM City North EDSA Mall, Philippines

SM City North EDSA Mall, Philippines
Located in Quezon City in the Philippines, the ginormous SM City North EDSA Mall was inaugurated in the year 1985. At present, only seven malls in the world occupy a greater gross floor space than the SM City North EDSA Mall. The shopping mall is categorized into the Annex, the City Center, the Sky Garden, the Block, the North Towers, the Interior Zone, the North Link, and the Car Park Plaza.
Popular Brands at SM City North EDSA Mall: Forever 21, H&M, Vikings, as well as Uniqlo
Special Features of SM City North EDSA Mall:
  • spherical skylights
  • an IMAX theatre
  • bowling alleys
  • a simulated river flowing through the central part of the Sky Garden
  • Artificial waterfalls
  • A solar power plant capable of generating power that can reach up to 1.5 megawatts, thus rendering the shopping mall the world’s second-largest solar-powered complex.
  • Over ten thousand parking spots
  • Cyberzone
Mall Area: The captivating SM City North EDSA Mall spreads across an area of around 5,400,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day

6. SM Megamall, Philippines

SM Megamall, Philippines
The second-largest mall in the Philippines, the glorious SM Megamall is located in Mandaluyong and was inaugurated in the year 1991. With two main buildings, namely Building A and Building B, along with the Mega Atrium, the Mega Fashion Hall, and Building C, this mall has a capacity of four million people.
Popular Brands at SM Megamall:Toy Kingdom, Forever 21, a three-level H&M store, a three-level Uniqlo
Special Features of SM Megamall:
  • Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord
  • A Bingo Area
  • An IMAX digital theatre
  • An Olympic-sized ice skating rink
Mall Area: The huge SM Megamall sprawls over an area of around 5,100,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day

7. Persian Gulf Complex, Iran

Persian Gulf Complex, Iran
The gorgeous Persian Gulf Complex is home to over two thousand retail stores. The mall is located in Shiraz. With a brilliant architectural style modelled upon the Achaemenid era, the shopping centre houses gigantic columns at the entrance, beautiful fountains, tranquil lotus ponds, as well as several other adornments. What steals the spotlight of this place is the Art of the Sunshine, an extraordinary Aftab art, cultural, as well as cinematic centre.
Special Features of Persian Gulf Complex:
  • An indoor amusement park
  • An outdoor amusement park, known as the Iran Land
  • A hotel with two hundred and sixty-two rooms called the Burj Fars International
  • Swimming pools
  • A tennis court
  • A helipad
  • Six cinema halls
  • A gaming centre which is home to several games such as Miami, Gyrolope, Fire Fighter, Air Train, Birthday Room, Makeup Room, and Poly Grand
  • Bowling lounges and alleys
  • A three-story billiards hall
  • Four floors of parking space with an occupant capacity of around five thousand four-wheelers.
  • The largest hypermarket chain in Iran, named Hyperstar
  • The largest Husseiniya in Iran
Mall Area: The Persian Gulf Complex spreads across an area of over 4,800,000 square feet.Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Saturday to Wednesday9:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and public holidays

8. Mid Valley Megamall, Malaysia

Mid Valley Megamall, Malaysia
Standing tall at the entrance of Kuala Lumpur, the pristine Mid Valley Megamall is a jovial host of a number of grand events throughout the year, including but not limited to, the IT Fair, the MATTA Fair, as well as the Home and Decoration Fair. The mall offers a myriad of wonderful shopping experiences with its plethora of extraordinary retail stores as well as food outlets.
Popular Brands at Mid Valley Megamall:
  • Adidas, Baskin Robbins, Crocs, McDonald’s, Puma, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Nike, Thai Odyssey, Haagen-Dazs, Hush Puppies, as well as Dorothy Perkins
  • Special Features of Mid Valley Megamall
  • Golden Screen Cinemas
  • A convention centre
  • A prayer hall
Mall Area: The Mid Valley Megamall is spread across an area of around 4,500,000 square feet.Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day

9. Siam Paragon, Thailand

Siam Paragon, Thailand
Standing alongside CentralWorld, the gorgeous Siam Paragon is one of the largest malls in Thailand. Located in Bangkok, it was opened to the public in the year 2005 and has been standing unrivalled in its splendour ever since.
Popular Brands at Siam Paragon:Haagen-Dazs, Starbucks Coffee, Dolce and Gabbana, The Asian Taekwondo, Louis Vuitton, Baskin Robbins, Ralph Lauren, St. Louis, Bentley, as well as Harley Davidson, among several others
Special Features of Siam Paragon:
  • A fifteen-screen multiplex
  • The Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium
  • An Opera concert hall
  • A karaoke centre
  • A bowling alley
  • The Thai Art Gallery
  • The Royal Paragon Hall
Mall Area: The Siam Paragon occupies a whopping area of around 4,300,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM every day

10.  Lotte World Mall, South Korea

Lotte World Mall, South Korea
Located in the Songpa District of South Korea’s Seoul, the magnificent Lotte World Mall first came into existence in the year 2014. Home to a variety of retail stores, food outlets, as well as lifestyle centres, this mall is both highly functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Popular Brands at Lotte World Mall:Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Bvlgari, Jimmy Choo, Armani, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Novel Café, Rosso Como, as well as Comme des Garcons, among others.
Special Features of Lotte World Mall:
  • A seven-star luxury hotel.
  • Lotte World Aquarium with over fifty thousand aquatic animals.
  • Lotte Cinema, the largest cinema in Asia.
  • A concert hall with an occupant capacity of over two thousand
Mall Area: The Lotte World Mall is sprawled across an area of around 2,400,000 square feet.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday to Thursday; 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Friday to Sunday 

For each of you who loves to shop, gorge on some delicious food, or go somewhere to relax and have fun, these malls are just where you need to be! The sprawling areas, combined with its ornate architecture, beautiful modernity, and a treasure chest of facilities, shall certainly awe you!

This post was published by Soumita Ghosh

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