I am sick and tired of hearing my Eurasian friends (who came from different countries here in SE Asia) who loves to bite each other’s head off discussing the most profound and the most socially relevant issue that our society should be taking seriously – the shopping malls.
Toby and Francine (Filipino-Americans), Sofia & Petey (Thai-Danish), Tommy (Swedish-Japanese), Morgan & Misha (French-Vietnamese) Harry (Thai-English) and Sugar (Thai-American) are all shaking heaven and hell to prove the largest mall in Asia. The Filipinos swear it’s SM Mall of Asia! They even offered us a free trip to Manila to see it for ourselves! The Thais are using the highest notes of their voices to assert that Siam Paragon is the largest. The Vietnamese are just satisfied with their statement that the biggest mall in Asia is definitely not in the Philippines nor in Thailand. Good call for them.
I didn’t participate to the very in depth, socially relevant discussion because I know better.
Here. Let’s settle this once and for all. Let’s do a countdown of the LARGEST MALLS IN THE WORLD! Not just in Asia, but in the whole damn world! I am sick and tired of hearing this non-sense discussion and seeing misleading statements on the internet, like this for example. Unless you’re stupid enough to say that Asia is not part of the world. Ha!
The 10 Largest Malls in the World (yes, Asia included, dammit!)
The 10th largest shopping mall in the whole world is CENTRAL WORLD PLAZA in Bangkok, Thailand. It has 2.6 million sq ft of GLA (Gross leaseable area is interior floor space leased for retail shops, services, restaurants, and entertainment, such as night clubs, video arcades, and cinemas.) It has 500+ stores, 21 cinemas, bowling lanes and restaurants and a convention center which is not included on the GLA. Website: http://www.centralworld.co.th/
I’m sure my Thai friends are not so excited about Central World’s ranking but hey, we still got Siam Paragon!
(Photo Credit: Pre-Mambo)
SOUTH COAST PLAZA in Costa Mesa, California with 2.7 million sq ft GLA is at No.9.
The 8th largest mall in the world is KING OF PRUSSIA MALL in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with 2.8 million sq ft GLA. Oh this mall has been around since 1962!
ZHENGJIS PLAZA (Grandview Mall) in Guangzhou, China has 3 million sq ft GLA but has 4.5 million sq ft total area is at No. 7.
Oh shoots! It’s almost half way and Siam Paragon and SM Mall of Asia hasn’t been called yet! My Thai and Filipino friends must be ecstatic!
BEIJING MALL in Beijing, China comes at No.6. It has 3.4 million sq ft GLA is the 6th largest mall in the world! And it’s even in Asia too! Siam Paragon and the SM Mall of Asia must be in the Top 5! Wow!
No 5 is BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia…I’m sure my friends had the shock of their lives! Malaysia? You bet it is! Berjaya Time Square has 3.4 million sq ft GLA and a whopping total area of 7.5 million sq ft! Whoa! That’s huge! It has 1,000+ stores, 45 major restaurants, a theme park, and 3D Digi IMAX theater. Website: http://www.timessquarekl.com/aboutus.html
CEVAHIR ISTANBUL in Istanbul, Turkey lands at No 4! It has 3.8 million sq ft GLA and total area of 4.5 million sq ft. considering the size of this mall, it only has 280 stores! Those are real HUGE stores, aren’t they? Whew! The 4th largest in the whole world!
Oh shoots, its No. 3 already! Siam Paragon and the SM Mall of Asia must be ranked here! Oh are they so excited?!
The 3rd largest shopping mall in the world is WEST EDMONTON MALL in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (oh my friends must be a bit jittery by now). West Edmonton has 3.8 million sq feet of GLA and a total area of 5.3 million sq ft.
This is it! It’s either Siam Paragon in No. 2 or SM Mall of Asia! Only 2 left in the countdown. Could it be that they are the largest shopping mall in the world?
No. 2 is JIN YUAN (Golden Resources Shopping Mall) in Beijing, China. It has 6.0 million sq ft GLA and a total area of 7.3 million sq ft!
Do I need to continue to No.1? One of them could be either SM Mall of Asia in the Philippines OR Siam Paragon in Thailand…WHAT? You wanna take your chances?
The WORLD’s LARGEST SHOPPING MALL is NOT in the Philippines or Thailand, for christssake! Much more the largest mall in Asia? Ha!
Give it up already! Dammit!
MALAYSIA’s BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE IS SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LARGEST MALL, the 4th in Asia and the 5th in the world!
(Siam Paragon, in fairness, is No.16 in the World and SM Mall of Asia doesn't even get close to 20.)