08 June 2013


CNN recently ranked Malaysia as the 4th Best shopping City in the world pushing Paris to the 5th place but placed behind New York. Tokyo and London. This caught many people by surprise. Even the rich and famous Malaysians used to go Paris to shop were shocked that the best shopping city was actually back in their own backyard.


However to International Shoppers, the ranking didnt happen by mistake especially when  3 of the top 10 biggest malls in the world are in Malaysia.  In the top 10 largest malls in world 2013 list - 1 Utama took 4th place, Mid Valley Megamall took 8th place and Sunway Pyramid shopping mall took 9th place.


So it's no surprise that WTO ranked Malaysia, as the 9th most visited country in the world.  WTO confirms that Malaysia is the second ranked Asian country behind China with the most tourist arrivals.

For more information on the report:

Top 10 largest malls in the world 2013 

1.New South China Mall

New South China Mall in Dongguan, China is the largest mall in the world based on gross leasable area, and ranked second in total area to the Dubai Mall. However, it is largely vacant.It was opened in the year of 2005.
ypsmThe mall contains sufficient space for as many as 2,350 stores in approximately 659,612 square metres (7,100,000 sq ft) of leasable space and 892,000 square metres (9,600,000 sq ft) of total area.The only problem with the New South China Mall is that it’s almost completely empty and unused.New South China Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world would draw an average of 100,000 customers per day.
2.Golden Resources Mall
Beijing Golden Resources Shopping Mall is the THE largest shopping mall in China and the second largest mall in the whole world.Golden Resources Shopping Mall, or Jin Yuan is a shopping mall located near the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.This mall covers 680,000 square metres, the world’s largest shopping mall from 2004 to 2005. Multiple stories with over 1000 stores, selling plenty of familiar global brands like Nike and DKNY. Parking for 10,000 cars (Free)Golden Resources Mall
Beijing Golden Resources Shopping Mall also includes six scheme centers: culture center, entertainment center, children center, sports center, f&b center, and exhibition center.

3.SM City North EDSA

SM City North EDSA is a shopping mall located at the intersection of North Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Quezon City, Philippines.It was opened in the year of November 25, 1985.SM City North EDSA innovated and institutionalized the “one-stop shopping complex” and was the first mall in the Philippines to introduce “malling” as a pastime. Besides being a haven for shoppers, the architecture of the mall blends both old and new, creating calming and colorful scenes.64317_10151364059635261_373333270_nWith world-class cinemas, a helpful and convenient transport depot for easy commuting, outdoor parking, and attractive structures, SM City North EDSA aims to be an architectural landmark of Metro Manila’s progress, as well as one of the most beautiful structures in the Philippines.
4.1 Utama Shopping Centre
1 Utama Shopping Centre is situated in Bandar Utama Damansara, a township in the north of Petaling Jaya, Selangor and is also adjacent to the Taman Tun Dr Ismail township in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.541032_10151181293171689_1379499810_n
Spanning over 5 million sq ft and boasting 6 retail levels for your shopping pleasure, a day in 1 Utama is a day well spent. Browse through blue-chip department stores, speciality attractions and entertainment galore – a fine combination of over 650 trendy shops for an experience like no other. 1 Utama is also within walking distance to luxurious 5-star One World Hotel and high rise offices Plaza IBM, KPMG Tower and 1 First Avenue. For easier navigation, 1 Utama has various themed zones: Highstreet, Oval, Rainforest, Secret Garden, Promenade, Promenade Lakeside, Centre Court, Courtyard, Sportszone and the Entertainment Zone.

5.Persian Gulf Complex

Persian Gulf Complex also known as Fars Shopping Complex is a large shopping mall located in Shiraz, Iran. It is the biggest mall in terms of the number of shops. The facility has space for 2,500 stores covering 420,000 square metres.It was opened in the year of September 2011.269923_135436969869755_5455058_n
An outdoor amusement park called Iran Land, covering 37,000 square metres (400,000 sq ft), and an indoor amusement park covering 28,000 square metres (300,000 sq ft)with videogames, a bowling alley and a 3-story billiard hall. The mall also has six 240-seat cinema theaters.The complex has four floors of parking space that can accommodate a total of 5,5000 vehicles.
The Largest Lifestyle Shopping Destination in Bangkok.Separated into 6 different shopping Zones, each with unique design and ambiance, shopper could enjoy myriad shopping experiences and easily locate which zoning they are in or wanted to visit. The eight-story mall was opened in 1990.centralworldbefore
CentralWorld has within itself 18 different entrances and exists for the convenient of the shoppers no matter which direction they are coming from. Providing 7,000 parking spaces and 6 lanes road (CentralWorld Avenue) running around the Shopping Complex. All of this are design with the conscious of trying to ease traffic congestion from the car leaving and entering from the 2 main road, RAMA I Rd. and Rajdamri Rd. The CentralWorld shopping complex will feature: over 300,000 sqm of world-class shopping center offering a diverse selection of anchor stores, retail shops, restaurants and entertainment; 80,000 sqm of premium grade office tower; a convention center and meeting complex of 17,000 sqm complementing a 500-room five-star deluxe hotel.
7.Isfahan City Center
Isfahan City Center, The huge tourism ,entertainment and commercial complex with an approximate foundation of  6.500.000 square feet.A luxurious 5-star hotel with all the facilities of a 7-star hotel and one of the most modern architecture of the world will be built and connected to the main area of the complex by a majestic loop.It was opened on 12 NOV 20128
Isfahan city center is a mixed -use complex , offering a modern shopping mall ,an International 5-star hotel with all the facilities of a 7-star hotel, Cinema complex , Amusement park , Nation’s restaurants , commercial complex , International Financial Exchange center , Office tower , International Exhibition center and Hotel apartment

8.Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall with an exciting mix of retail, dining and entertainment outlets, which include over 430 retail outlets, themed restaurants, cafes, bistros, and 2 international food courts, entertainment outlets, 48,300 square feet of exhibition space – Mid Valley Exhibition Centre and trendy cafes along landscaped boulevards with lush greenery. It was opened in the year of 20 November 1999midv
One of Malaysia’s favourite shopping destinations, Mid Valley Megamall offers a kaleidoscope of diverse retail experiences from fashion to lifestyle innovations, electronics to home furnishing, cosmetics to healthcare essentials and dining to entertainment.
8.Istanbul Cevahir
Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre, also known as ?i?li Kültür ve Ticaret Merkezi is a modern shopping mall located in the ?i?li district of Istanbul, Turkey.Istanbul Cevahir, as Turkey’s most entertaining shopping centre of Turkey, offer its visitors an optimal shopping experience with more than 200 shops over 6 floors with A car parking space for 2,500 cars.The centre is home to cinemas, delicious food and limitless entertainment in Atlantis, a covered thematic play park, all in one place under the roof of the Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Centre, which presents a new way of living.Opened on 15 October 200532143_545670785457712_1055222130_n
Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Centre is strategically located in Istanbul, Turkey’s main metropolitian area. Apart from the varied mix of trademarks shops including Koçta?, YKM, Debenhams, Teknosa, Tepe Home and Migros with the most important national and international trademarks in the organized retail business, the centre serves its local or foreign customers 365 days a year with 230 shops.

9.Sunway Pyramid

Sunway Pyramid is located in the heart of Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya. It was opened on July 1997. One of the mall’s most easily recognised designs is the Egyptian-inspired Pyramid with a lion “standing guard” at the entrance..A leading regional, themed and lifestyle mall of world-class excellence that enhances stakeholders’ value.57_o
Malaysia’s largest themed mall that offers a huge range of retail extravanganza. Home to the only ice-skating rink in Malaysia, it has 800 outlets housed under 4 uniquely designed shopping precincts (Fashion Central, Oasis Boulevard, Asian Avenue & Marrakesh). All this and more to create your shopping adventure.

10.SM Mall of Asia

Almost four hectares of floor area. 8,000 parking slots. 5,000 square meters allotted for public utility vehicles. 100 slots for tourist buses. Almost one kilometer in length, and a perimeter of almost 2 kilometers. Close to 2 million bags of cement used to build it and 44,000 gallons of paint consumed. It also has 1.9 million floor tiles installed in it. One wonders if this scale of development was for an airport terminal, a seaport, or an industrial complex.It was opened on May 21, 2006sm-mall-of-asia-01-1311133341669

In the early nineties, SM Prime parent company, SM Investments Corporation (SM), joined a consortium to reclaim 100 hectares of land along scenic Manila Bay in Pasay City. Back then, known visionary Mr. Henry Sy, Sr., chairman of both SM and SM Prime, already had in mind building one of the largest malls in Asia. He envisioned the mall to be more than just a shopping complex. He wanted it to be a premiere integrated leisure destination. This vision gave birth to the SM Mall of Asia. “Shoppers and tourists will come to the SM Mall of Asia not just to shop but for leisure,” Mr. Sy explained. “The mall will be a major Asia-Pacific destination,” he added.In May 2006, Mr. Sy’s vision turned to reality with the opening of the SM Mall of Asia, SM Prime’s 25th mall, right at the heart of SM BayCity.

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