31 of the Largest Malls in the World

Shopping is one of the most popular activities around the globe. No matter where you live, there is probably a mall somewhere close to you. While you might not live close to one of these thirty one malls, which are the largest in the world, these malls are places that you would enjoy visiting. Don’t worry, they are not just full of the traditional chain stores. These malls have far more to offer you. Some of them even feature hotels or theme parks. So, get ready to explore something new on your next vacation or weekend getaway and find which of these malls are easiest for you to visit.

Iran Mall Iran Flag

WHERE: Tehran, Iran

SIZE: 1,450,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2017

Iran Mall

The Iran Mall first opened its doors in 2017. There will be new stores coming to the mall and opening until its completion in 2020. The mall has room for over two thousand and five hundred stores. This mall was built with the idea of luxury in mind. It is one of those places that features exclusive and unique architecture that is beautiful. It is top of the line and something that everyone should see at some point in their life. It is one of those places that is continually looked at as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. There are even numerous fountains throughout the mall.

South China Mall China Flag

WHERE: Dongguan, China

SIZE: 659,612 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2005

South China Mall

The South China Mall first opened in 2005. Until 2014 only about ten percent of the mall was occupied, however more stores are coming and at some point in the future you can expect for there to be a full two thousand three hundred and fifty stores. One of the things that has been a problem with this mall is that there are no stores that are in it. It has been rumored to be like a ghost town because there were no shops open and so much open space. However, within the past five years, the number of stores are rapidly expanding and more people are visiting the mall each week.

SM Tianjin China Flag

WHERE: Tianjin, China

SIZE: 565,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2016

The SM Tianjin was first opened in 2016.They have room for more than two thousand five hundred stores. The mall is actually owned by SM Prime Holdings which is located in the Philippines. They are a chain of malls that owns seventy malls throughout the Philippines and seven malls in China. This is the largest of the supermall chain and the most popular at this time. Although all of the companies supermalls are rising in popularity with more visitors each year. Many people enjoy shopping at this mall because it allows them to have everything that they are looking for in one place.

Golden Resources Mall China Flag

WHERE: Beijing, China

SIZE: 557,419 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2004

The Golden Resources Mall was first opened in 2004. They have space for more than one thousand stores. Many people use the “Great Mall of China” as a nickname for this mall. It is spread over six different floors and has more stores and space then it is possible to visit in one single day. In fact, this was the world’s largest shopping mall in 2004 and 2005 and it takes quite a bit of time to be able to make your way through the entire place. Sadly this mall does not have the impact or see the number of visitors that was projected. The developers thought that there would be around 50,000 people per day, but some days there are as few as twenty per hour.

CentralPlaza WestGate Thailand Flag

WHERE: Nonthaburi, Thailand

SIZE: 550,278 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2015

CentralPlaza WestGate

The CentralPlaza WestGate was opened in 2015.They have room for more than one thousand stores. This mall is very large because there is a building with various shops. However they also have an IKEA store that takes up more than 50,000 square meters of space. This is the largest mall in Thailand and features the largest IKEA store in the country as well. One of the things that makes traveling to this mall so simple is that there are train lines, bus stops, and expressways all leading right to the mall.

ICONSIAM Thailand Flag

WHERE: Bangkok, Thailand

SIZE: 525,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2018

The ICONSIAM was opened in 2018. It is one of the newest malls on this list. This mall has over one thousand stores. It is a mixed use development that has additional space for things other than shopping. This makes it one of the most popular choices for places to visit. It is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River which is in Bangkok, Thailand. This mall is characterized by its large buildings that are actually two of the tallest buildings in the city of Bangkok. In addition, it is a mall that offers something for everyone as there are high end stores and lower end markets as well.

1 Utama Malaysia Flag

WHERE: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

SIZE: 519,515 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1995

1 Utama

The 1 Utama was first opened in 1995. The mall has room for more than seven hundred and thirteen stores. The mall is actually the largest shopping mall in Malaysia and opened in two phases. The Old Wing was in Phase 1 and was the part of the mall that opened in 2004. The New Wing which is part of Phase 2 was opened in 2004. THere are four main department stores that serve as anchor stores. These are: AEON, Isetan, Tangs, and Parkson. In addition the mall features two supermarkets which are AEON and Cold Storage and two cinemas which are GSC and TGV Cinemas.

SM City North EDSA Philippines Flag

WHERE: Quezon City, Philippines

SIZE: 498,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1985

The SM City North EDSA first opened in 1985. The mall has more than one thousand stores. It is actually the largest mall in the Philippines. This mall averages nine hundred and fifty thousand people per day. This actually adds up to more than three hundred and fifty million people per year. This mall actually opened during the EDSA Revolution which made it hard to get the stores up and running in the beginning. This shopping mall is powered by solar power too which means that they are reducing the impact that they have on the environment.

SM Megamall Philippines Flag

WHERE: Mandaluyong, Philippines

SIZE: 474,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1991

SM Megamall

The SM Megamall opened in 1991. The mall has more than one thousand stores and has a daily foot traffic of eight hundred thousand people. This adds up to two hundred and ninety two million people per year. This mall has the most cinema screens in all of the Philippines with fourteen. There are many different types of stores and things to do at this mall. Among the most popular places to visit are Toy Kingdom, The SM Store, and the SM Supermarket. There is a unique bridgeway that connects different parts of the mall to one another.

SM Seaside City Cebu Philippines Flag

WHERE: Cebu City, Philippines

SIZE: 470,486 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2015

The SM Seaside City Cebu was opened in 2015.This mall has more than seven hundred stores. It is one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines and the largest that is not located outside of the metro Manila area. One of the most popular attractions at the mall is the large screen theater. This theater features a screen that is a full thirty percent larger than other screens. Plus, there are places to ride rides and ice skate within the mall as well.

Isfahan City Center Iran Flag

WHERE: Isfahan, Iran

SIZE: 465,500 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2012

The Isfahan City Center

The Isfahan City Center was opened in 2012. They have more than seven hundred stores. This is a mixed use shopping mall which means that they have more than just retail stores on site. There is a five star hotel, cinema, the largest indoor amusement park in the Middle East, restaurants, an International Exchange Center, officse, and even a hotel apartment complex. The amusement park features roller coasters, bumper cars, and more.The design of the mall is very unique and modern and offers a delightful feel that makes one experience a euphoria as if they had traveled into the future.

Persian Gulf Complex Iran Flag

WHERE: Shiraz, Iran

SIZE: 450,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2012

The Persian Gulf Complex was first opened in 2012. It features more than two thousand and five hundred stores and is the second largest mall in the world based on the total number of stores. This hotel has so many different things to see and do, plus you can even stay the night at the onsite hotel. The mall has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a convention center, helicopter landing pad, tennis courts, and two amusement parks. One amusement park is called Iran Land and is an outdoor park. The other amusement park is located indoors.

CentralWorld Thailand Flag

WHERE: Bagkok, Thailand

SIZE: 430,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1990

CentralWorld

CentralWorld has more than six hundred stores and actually has a full complex that is more than 1,024,000 square meters. The entire complex actually features two large skyscrapers. In 2010 anti-government protesters actually set this mall on fire. Luckily the mall was able to reopen within months after making drastic repairs to the damaged areas. The mall actually features a complete office complex and a nice hotel if you are wanting to stay and shop for more than one day.

SM Mall of Asia Philippines Flag

WHERE: Pasay, Philippines

SIZE: 406,962 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2006

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia was opened in 2006. This is the fourth largest mall in the Philippines with ongoing expansions and a recent addition of an IKEA store. Plus, the roof features a football field. There are more than one thousand and three hundred retail stores, a botanical garden, 4D Max theater, more than four hundred restaurants, and more.When you drive up to the mall you will notice the large 3D sculptures that you see as you are arriving to the property. These are just one of the innovative features that make shopping at the SM Mall of Asia a unique and thrilling experience.

The Avenues Mall Kuwait Flag

WHERE: Kuwait City, Kuwait

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2007

The Avenues Mall was built in 2007. It has more than one thousand and one hundred stores. There are twelve different districts within the mall and each one fo these has its own unique classic or modern architectural style. The twelve districts are: (1) 1st Avenue, (2) 2nd Avenue, (3) Prestige, (4) Grand Avenue, (5) SoKu, (6) The Mall, (7) The Souk, (8) the Arcade, (9) the Grand Plaza, (10) Electra, (11) the Forum, and (12) The Gardens.

intu MetroCentre United Kingdom Flag

WHERE: Gateshead, United Kingdom

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1986

The intu MetroCentre was first built in 1986. It features more than three hundred and seventy stores and is the largest shopping mall in the U.K. and Europe. It is operated by intu Properties. The mall has a reasonable accommodation for those traveling and allows for you to be able to travel to the mall by many types of public transit. In addition, there is a special Platinum Mall area that features some of the biggest designer names. There are plenty of places to rest and eat while you are at the mall as well as many shopping opportunities and leisure experiences.

New Century Global Center China Flag

WHERE: Chengdu, China

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2013

New Century Global Center

The New Century Global Center was built in 2013. It has two thousand and three hundred stores. This mall was actually at the center of a huge political controversy. This has caused the mall to not be as popular as it would have been. It has also caused for some stores to not want to come to the mall and for some stores to close and pull out of the mall. The mall was actually supposed to host the Global Fortune 500 Conference. However, Deng Hong (who was behind the project) was arrested which caused the conference to be moved. In the end more than fifty influential businessmen were arrested in the controversy.

Dream Mall Taiwan Flag

WHERE: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2007

Dream Mall

The Dream Mall was opened in 2007 and has two thousand and three hundred stores. The Dream Mall is actually home to one of the largest ferris wheels in the world. The ferris wheel is actually located on the roof of the mall. In addition to the ferris wheel there is an entire amusement park. Plus, there are restaurants, stores, a gym, movie theater, and many other types of entertainment here as well.

Siam Paragon Thailand Flag

WHERE: Bangkok, Thailand

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2005

The Siam Paragon was first opened in 2005. It has more than two hundred and seventy stores. The Siam Paragon is one of the most exciting malls to visit. It is so much more than the standard stores that you would expect at most shopping malls. This mall features a multiplex cinema that has fifteen large screen theaters, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium, the Thai Art Gallery, an exhibition hall, and even an opera concert hall.

Festival Alabang Philippines Flag

WHERE: Muntinlupa, Philippines

SIZE: 400,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1998

The Festival Alabang was opened in 1998. There are more than thirteen hundred stores. It has a creek with gardens on both banks. Plus, there is a bike trail, miniature railway, mini car track, two level carousel, ferris wheel, and roller coaster all housed within the mall.

Sunway Pyramid Malaysia Flag

WHERE: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

SIZE: 396,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1997

Sunway Pyramid

The Sunway Pyramid was built in 1997. The mall features more than eight hundred stores and is the second largest mall in Malaysia. It was opened in three phases and is themed to look like an Egyptian pyramid with a lion head. Phase 1 was opened in 1997, Phase 2 in 2007, and Phase 3 in 2016.

Lotte World Mall South Korea Flag

WHERE: Seoul, South Korea

SIZE: 383,470 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2014

Lotte World Mall

The Lotte World Mall was opened in 2014. There are more than one thousand stores and it is the largest mall in Korea. There are so many different parts of the Lotte World Mall. This is one of those malls that lays things out specifically so that you can visit the section that you want with ease. The Lotte World Tower features an office complex, hotel, and retail shopping. Avenue! offers luxury shopping, the main shopping mall features eleven floors above ground and six floors below ground, the entertainment center features a shopping (both higher end and lower priced stores), an aquarium, and a cinema.

Albrook Mall Panama Flag

WHERE: Panama City, Panama

SIZE: 380,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2002

The Albrook Mall was opened in 2002, has five hundred and fifty five stores, and is the largest mall in the Americas. Around 10,000 people are employed at the mall. The mall was opened where there was formerly an air force base. In addition to shopping there are cinemas, super markets, restaurants, travel agencies, pharmacies, children’s play areas, hair stylists, and fitness centers.

Mal Taman Anggrek Indonesia Flag

WHERE: Jakarta, Indonesia

SIZE: 360,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1996

Mal Taman Anggrek

The Mal Taman Anggrek is a mall that was built in 1996 and it features five hundred and twenty eight stores. The mall is home to the largest LED display in the world and has been recorded as so by the Guinness World Record.

The Avenues Mall Kuwait Flag

WHERE: Kuwait City, Kuwait

SIZE: 357,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2007

The Avenues Mall was opened in 2007 and features more than eight hundred stores. The newest addition to the mall was four hundred stores and five thousand parking spaces for cars. The mall receives around four hundred and sixty two thousand and five hundred visitors each week.

Fashion Island (Thailand) Thailand Flag

WHERE: Bangkok, Thailand

SIZE: 350,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1995

The Fashion Island (Thailand) was built in 1995. It features more than three hundred store. In the past Fashion Island features an amusement park. The amusement park featured a monorail that circled the mall. The amusement park and monorail were closed after there was an accident that caused one of the monorail trains to catch fire. Sadly there were some safety errors with the monorail and the passenger car was not built to be fireproof. So, the train car caught fire and two little girls died in the accident, which is why both are closed today.

West Edmonton Mall Canada Flag

WHERE: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

SIZE: 350,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 1981

West Edmonton Mall

The West Edmonton Mall was built in 1981 and is one of the oldest of the largest malls in the world. It has more than eight hundred stores and is the largest mall in North America. One thing to consider is that the mall has a neighboring/connected Galaxyland which has a size of 70,160 square meters (which is not included in the total square meters of hte mall).

The Dubai Mall United Arab Emirates Flag

WHERE: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

SIZE: 350,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2008

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall was built in 2008. It has more than twelve hundred stores. This mall actually gets over fifty four million visitors each year. The train that provides service to the mall was actually rebuilt to be a double decker train in order to transport more people to and from the mall. The Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre are both located within the mall.

Lucky One Mall Pakistan Flag

WHERE: Karachi, Pakistan

SIZE: 340,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2017

Lucky One Mall

The Lucky One Mall was built in 2017. It has more than two hundred stores and is the largest mall in Pakistan and South Asia. This mall features restaurants, a fashion runway, atrium, boutiques, and a concert area. The mall has enough parking for three thousand cars. There is even a two level theme park called Onederland on property.

Gandaria City Indonesia Flag

WHERE: Jakarta, Indonesia

SIZE: 336,279 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2010

Gandaria City was opened in 2010. It has more than five hundred stores. This is another mixed center. On top of featuring a shopping mall, there is an office complex, apartment building, and hotel. This means that if you have always dreamed of living in a mall you can actually make that dream a reality.

Berjaya Times Square Malaysia Flag

WHERE: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SIZE: 320,000 square meters

YEAR OPENED: 2003

Berjaya Times Square

The Berjaya Times Square was built in 2003. It has more than one thousand stores. It is the largest shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur and the third largest shopping mall in Malaysia. At one point and time the famous philanthropist and millionaire, Cheong Yoke Choy, had a bungalow on the land where the mall is standing. The bungalow remained there after WWII until the property management group bought it and built the mall.

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