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World's 10 biggest malls

Last updated on: August 23, 2013 16:56 IST

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The world’s biggest malls belong to Asia with two of the toppers from China.

Besides making shopping an enjoyable experience, these swanky malls have turned out to be hotspots for entertainment and other activities as well.

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Image: The lobby of a shopping mall is decorated with Christmas decorations in Kuala Lumpur.
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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New South China Mall

Rank: 1

Leasable area: 6 59,612 square meters

Opened in: 2005

Location:  Dongguan China

It’s an irony that the world’s largest mall is mostly vacant 8 years after it was built. 

The world’s largest mall based on gross leasable area and second in total area after Dubai Mall, it is often called a ‘dead mall’. 

New South China Mall has space for around 2,350 stores. The mall was designed to represent seven zones, modeled on international cities - Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Venice, Egypt, the Caribbean, and California.

Other highlights of the mall are a replica of Venice's St Mark's bell tower, a 2.1 kilometre canal with gondolas, and a 553-meter indoor-outdoor roller coaster.

A bad location spelled doom for the mall as the area has a large population of factory workers. It is also a far off location, quite inaccessible to a majority of people.

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Image: New South China Mall
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Golden Resources Mall

Rank: 2

Area: 557,419 square meters

Opened in: 2004

Location:  Beijing, China

Also called Great Mall of China, Golden Resources Mall was the world's largest shopping mall from 2004 to 2005.

The mall has a total of 6 floors and a largeLeasable area for cosmetics on the first floor.

It also has an ice-skating rink, a supermarket, electronics store and over 2,000 international and national brands.

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Image: Golden Resources Mall
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SM City North EDSA

Rank: 3

Area: 482,878 square meters

Opened in: 1985

Location:  Quezon City, Philippines

SM City North EDSA is the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia and third largest in the world in terms of leasable area.

Operated by SM Prime Holdings, the highlight of this mall is lush green land and waterscapes on the rooftop. The roof garden has about 55 species of plants and trees.

An architectural landmark, it is a one-stop shopping complex in Philipines.

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Image: SM City North EDSA
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Isfahan City Center

Rank: 4

Area: 470,000 square meters

Opened in: 2012

Location:  Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan city center has a modern shopping mall, a 5-star hotel, cinema complex, amusement park and a number of restaurants.

It also houses an international financial centre, hypermarket and airline offices.

Isfahan city center has been designed by architect Medardo Cadiz of Cadiz International Inc.

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Image: Isfahan City Center
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1 Utama

Rank: 5

Area: 465,000 square meters

Opened in: 1995

Location: Selangor, Malaysia 

The largest mall in Malaysia has department stores, entertainment complex and over 650 trendy shops to make shopping a pleasant experience.

Skybridge, a tropical rainforest and South East Asia's largest rooftop garden are the biggest attractions here.

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Image: 1 Utama
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Persian Gulf Complex

Rank: 6

Area: 450,000 square meters

Opened in: 2011

Location: Iran

Persian Gulf Complex also known as Fars Shopping Complex has 2,500 stores. 

Developed by Royal Star International, the complex has Burj Fars International, a 262-room hotel, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, convention centre and a helipad. 

Other attractions are two amusement parks and six cinema theatres.

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Image: Persian Gulf Complex
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Central World

Rank: 7

Area: 429,500 square meters

Opened in: 1990

Location:  Bangkok, Thailand

The Central World complex with shopping malls has over 500 stores, convention centre, restaurants, cinema theatres, bowling centre, learning centre for children and space for outdoor activities.

Central World also has a hotel and office tower and is owned by Central Pattana. 

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Image: Central World
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Mid ValleyMegamall

Rank: 8

Area: 420,000 square meters

Opened in: 1999

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mid ValleyMegamall has an office tower block and 2 hotels and a 48,300 square foot convention centre.

The IGB Group owned mall has 430 stores.

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Cehavir Mall

Rank: 9

Area: 420,000 square meters

Opened in: 2005

Location:  Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Cevahir has six floors with 343 shops, 34 fast food restaurants and 14 exclusive restaurants.

It also boasts of 12 cinema theatres including a private theatre, a bowling hall, a small roller coaster and entertainment facilities.

The world’s second biggest clock in the world is atop the building's 26,910 sq ft glass roof.

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Image: Mid ValleyMegamall
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Sunway Pyramid

Rank: 10

Area: 396,000 square meters

Opened in: 1997

Location: Subang Jaya, Malaysia

An architectural marvel, the malls stands out with its ‘Pyramid’ design and a huge lion at the entrance.

It’s a huge shopping centre with luxury outlets, over 800 stores and good entertainment facilities.

An ice-skating rink, 48-lane bowling centre, ten cinemas are the other attractions. 

 


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