A large shopping mall is an opportunity to buy everything you could want in one visit. The list of the largest shopping malls in the world is based on the area occupied by these huge buildings. The area of the presented malls includes retail outlets, catering establishments, and entertainment areas. The most interesting fact is that the era of giant supermarkets began in Asia, where land is much cheaper, and only two of the supermarkets of the list are outside this continent.
Siam Paragon (998 200 sq/m)
Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok is one of the largest shopping malls in Thailand, surpassed only by the nearby Central World mall. This mall can offer a great variety of luxury shops and restaurants, as well as it has a multi-purpose cinema, Siamese Ocean World Aquarium, Thai Gallery and Opera Concert Hall. Siam Paragone also has large bowling and karaoke centers.
Berjaya Times Square (1 066 400 sq/m)
Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur is located in twin skyscrapers. This mall not only has plenty of shops, but also has two five-star hotels. The area of this building covers 700 thousand square meters and according to these figures it could be the largest trading center in the world. The mall has about a thousand different shops and has 65 restaurants and several entertainment areas. One of them is the largest theme park under the roof in Asia, the space world theme park, and the first 2D and 3D cinemas in Malaysia.
Istanbul Cevahir (1 075 700 sq/m)
Located in the European part of Istanbul, the Istanbul Cevahir shopping and entertainment mall opened its doors to visitors in 2005. It is the largest shopping center in Europe. The mall has 343 shops, 34 fast food restaurants, and 14 gourmet restaurants. The mall complex also features a large stage for mass events and even a roller coaster theme park as well as many other attractions.
SM Megamall (1 116 000 sq/m)
The largest mall in the Philippines, Manila, was opened in 1991. An average of 800,000 visitors a day visit the restaurants of this shopping mall, and the center itself can serve up to four million guests at a time. This mall is located in two buildings: Building A hosts cinemas, a bowling alley, catering places, and Building B houses many different shops. The buildings of the shopping center are connected by a specially built corridor where also are several cafes and bars.
Central World (1 432 200 sq/m)
Opened in 1990, Central World is the largest shopping mall in Thailand. This shopping mall is dedicated for the middle-class shoppers and it is a serious competitor to the luxurious shopping mall Siam Paragon that is nearby. On May 19 last year, Central World was one of many places where clashes between protesters and officials took place, and a fire broke out in the marketplace. The clashed lasted for two days and devastated the Zen department store. After months of repairs, the shopping mall was opened again.