Top 10 Asia's Largest Shopping Malls

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Today, shopping centers are omnipresent all over the world. There are several first-class shopping malls in Asia that are worth a visit for an absolutely ... read more...

  1. As of 2020, the largest shopping center in the world is the massive Iran Mall. Located in northwest Tehran, this massive structure has a total rental area of approximately 21 million square feet. It is a commercial, cultural and social center that includes retail stores, cultural sites, recreational areas, hotels and commercial buildings including several parking spaces. The rooftop of Iran Mall Shopping Mall is a sports complex where you can enjoy activities such as hiking and cycling.

    There is also a tennis court, swimming pool and ice rink! The already completed Iran Mall area has been put together to make it the largest shopping mall in the world, but some parts are still under construction, so the megastructure will only grow bigger in the future.

    Industry: Retail
    Founded: first phase: 2018
    Headquarters: Chitgar Lake, Tehran, Iran
    Area: 1,950,000 m2 (21,000,000 sq ft)

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    By Diba Tensile Architecture – گروه دیبا

  2. South China Mall in Dongguan, China will become the world's second-largest shopping center after Iran Mall in 2021. These include musical fountains, food courts, mosques and hotels.

    South China Mall opened in 2005 and has been almost empty for over 10 years and has few registered merchants. According to a 2015 CNN article, the mall is still largely empty, but has begun to attract tenants after major renovations and renovations.

    Another article published in January 2018 reported that after over a decade of high occupancy, most retail spaces were almost full and the mall had IMAX-style cinemas and theme parks.

    Location: Dongguan, China
    Owner: Founder Group
    Area: 659,611 square metres (7,099,990 sq ft)

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    Image by – David290
  3. SM Supermall, owned by SM Prime Holdings, is a shopping mall chain operating a total of 76 shopping malls across the Philippines by early 2021.

    The company also has seven shopping centers in China, including SM Tianjin, the world's third-largest shopping center in terms of total rental area. It covers an area of 565,000 square meters (6,080,000 sq. Ft.) and has more than 2,500 shops. SM Tianjin consists of five different buildings, each named after five traditional Chinese elements: earth, fire, water, metal and wood. Opened in 2016, it is the second-largest shopping mall in China.

    Location: Tianjin, China
    Shops: 2500+
    Area: 565,000 m2 (6,080,000 sq ft)

  4. Golden Resources Shopping Center is a large shopping center located near Northwest 4 Ring Road in Beijing, People's Republic of China. At the time of opening, it was the largest shopping center in terms of total rental area. By 2021, it will be the third-largest shopping mall in the world after Iran Mall and South China Mall. It can be reached by taking the Beijing Metro from Changchun Bridge Station on Line 10.

    Golden Resources Shopping Center is also known as China's Great Trade Center. It has a total area of 560,000 square meters (6 million square feet) spread over six floors. At 1.5 times the size of Mall of America, Golden Resources Mall was the largest shopping center in the world from 2004 to 2005.

    Currently, an additional subway line, Line 12, is under construction and is expected to open in 2022.

    Location: Fourth Ring Road, Yuanda Road in Beijing, China
    No. of stores and services: 1000+
    Total retail floor area: 557,419 square metres (6,000,010 sq ft)

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    By N509FZ – Own work
  5. Centralplaza Westgate is Thailand's largest shopping mall with cinemas and shops. It opened in August 2015. The total area is 550,278 m (5,923,140 sq. Ft.) including 50,278 m (541) IKEA stores.

    In 2017, when an IKEA store was added, Centralplaza Westgate overtook Central World to become Thailand's largest shopping mall. CentralPlaza WestGate has 6 floors, more than 1000 shops and 7000 parking spaces. It will be one of the top 10 largest shopping centers in the world in 2021.

    Location: Bang Yai, Nonthaburi, Thailand 11010
    No. of floors: 6
    Total retail floor area: 550,278 m2 (5,923,140 sq ft)

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    By Kanlife99 – Own work
  6. The eight-story Centralworld in Bangkok is the second-largest shopping mall in Thailand and one of the top 10 largest shopping malls in the world by 2021. It was opened in 1990. In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, Centralworld expanded to a 550,000 m (5,900,000 sq ft) shopping center and an 830,000 m (8,900,000 sq ft) complex. In terms of size, it outperformed its closest competitor, Siam Paragon.

    Centralworld was temporarily closed due to a severe arson attack in Thailand where soldiers removed protesters from the area during political protests on May 19, 2010 in Thailand. The surrounding area of Zen has been badly damaged by the mob. The Apple Store is located in Central World Square, close to Central Department Store. It is recognized as the largest Apple Store in Southeast Asia.


    • There are various zones of the shopping mall

    • It has 5-star hotels inside the mall

    • It has a convention center

    Location: Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
    No. of stores and services: 495
    Gross leasable area: 550,000 m2 (5,900,000 sq ft)

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    By Imtaiki – Own work
  7. ICONSIAM is a multifunctional shopping center located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Thailand. One of Asia's largest shopping malls, ICONSIAM, opens to the public on November 9, 2018, also includes hotels and accommodations.

    The $1.5 billion project is being developed as a joint venture between Thai shopping center developers Siam Pivot Group, MQDC Magnolia Quality Development and Charoen Pokphand Group.

    Opened in 2018,ICONSIAM has a total rental area of 525,000 m2 (5,650,000 sq ft) and has more than 1,000 stores, making it the 7th largest shopping center in the world by 2021.

    Location: 299 Charoen Nakhon Soi 5, Charoen Nakhon Road, Khlong San, Bangkok, Thailand 10600
    No. of floors: 10 (including underground)
    Area: 525,000 m2 (5,650,000 sq ft)

  8. 1 Utama is one of the biggest shopping malls in Bandar Utam, Selangor, Malaysia. It has 713 stores on 5,590,000 square feet (519,000 m2). It is the largest shopping mall in Malaysia and one of the top 10 shopping malls in the world by 2021. The first phase of the shopping center, now known as the Old Wing, opened in September 1995. Demand for retail outlets within the mall was added in 2003 in a second phase called "New Building".

    1 Utam has several shopping areas, restaurants, cafés, sports facilities, rainforests and a bus station with domestic and international amenities. The current anchor tenants of the shopping center are department stores and supermarkets AEON, Jaya Grocer and Parkson and Isetan department stores.

    In 1996, the mall opened Malaysia's first IKEA store. The mall has won a handful of awards, including Gold at EdgeProp Malaysia's Best Managed Property Awards 2019 and Mall of the Year Platinum at the 2006/07 Retail World Excellence Awards.


    • The mall has a surfing pool

    • Enjoy skydiving wind tunnel

    • There is a multisport section

    • There are entertainment venue alongside shopping

    Location: Bandar Utama, Malaysia
    Opened: September 1995
    Area: 5,590,000 sq ft (519,000 m2)

    Image: Tee Meng
    Image: Tee Meng
  9. The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in Dubai. With a total area of 502,000 square meters (5.4 million square feet), it is the second-largest shopping center in the world after Iran Mall. The mall will have a total area of 502,000 square meters (5.4 million square feet), making it one of the top 10 shopping centers in the world by 2021.

    Situated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Dubai Mall is part of a $20 billion downtown complex (known as Downtown Dubai) adjacent to the famous Burj Khalifa and has more than 1,200 stores. In 2011, it was the most visited building on the planet, with over 54 million visitors annually.

    Location: Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Opening date: 4 November 2008; 12 years ago
    Total retail floor area: 502,000 square metres (5,400,000 sq ft)

    Image: The Dubai Mall
    Image: The Dubai Mall
  10. Persian Gulf Complex is considered one of the largest shopping centers in Asia because of its size and grandeur. Persian Gulf Complex is a hypermarket with over 2,500 shops and services. When you visit this complex, you will get to know the Persian royal family. Everything you need to spend the day can be found in one complex.

    Achaemenid's architecture of Persian Gulf Complex attracts the attention of visitors. The tall pillars and the beautiful fountain in front of you will surely take you to the land of imagination. There are many shops selling expensive everyday items. If you are interested in the best luxury perfumes, you can find them here.


    • It has an indoor amusement park

    • There is a tennis court

    • There is a helipad

    • It has a three-story billiards hall

    • There is the largest Husseiniya in Iran

    • You will find Six cinema halls

    • It has an outdoor amusement park

    • Amazing gaming center

    • There are bowling lounges and alleys

      Location: Shiraz, Iran

      Opened: 2011

      Area: 4,800,000 square feet

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