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10 Of The Largest Shopping Malls In The World

By Edited Feb 6, 2016 3 7

1 - New South China Mall

Located in Dongguan, China, this is the largest mall in the world if you rate it by gross leasable area, and the second largest by total area.  It has almost 6.5 million square feet of leasable space, and a total area of almost 10 million square feet.  It has been 99 percent empty since opening in 2005.  This is a mall where the owners forgot about the first rule of real estate. “Location, Location, Location”.  The mall is built with bad access.  On the access is impaired for both buyers and sellers.  It can hold up to 2350 stores, and less than 50 spots have been filled. 

New South China Mall

2 - Golden Resources Mall 

The Golden Resources Mall is located in Beijing, People's Republic of China.  It has a total area of over 6 million square feet and 6 floors.  This mall has more stores than the New South China Mall, but it also was located in an area that is hard for buyers to reach.  Also, a lot of the items sold are out of the price range of the average Chinese buyer, so business has been slow in the mall.

Golden Resources Mall


3 - SM City North EDSA 

Located in Manila, Philippines, the SM City North EDSA is the third largest in the world.  It has 5.2 million square feet of leasable space.  It is a highly popular destination in the Philippines.  It opened in 1978 and has been undergoing additional construction and additions to it ever since.   It features more than 400 restaurants, a bowling alley, and a bingo hall.

The City North Building


4 - SM Mall of Asia 

The SM Mall of Asia is also located in Manila in the Phillipines.  It has 4.2 million square feet of leasable space.  It receives has over 200,000 visitors a day.  It boasts of a tram to take visitors around the mall.

SM Mall of Asia


5 - Mall Taman Anggrek 

This mall is located in West Jakarta, Indonesia.  With 3.9 million square feet of leasable space, it is the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia.  It has seven floors, and the area’s first indoor ice rink.

Mall Taman Anggrek


6 – The Dubai Mall 

The Dubai Mall, with 3.8 million square feet of leasable space is number six, but it has over 12 million square feet of area in total, making it the largest mall by total area.  Upon opening in 2008, it had 600 stores already in place, letting it claim the largest opening in history.  It has an Aquarium, and acrylic viewing panel used by the aquarium holds the Guinness record for largest acrylic panel.  It has an Olympic sized ice rink onsite, which can hold up to 200 people and is used for classes for all ages groups. 

The Dubai Mall

7 – West Edmonton Mall 

Located in Alberta, Canada, the West Edmonton Mall was the largest in the world until 2004.  It has 3.77 million square feet of leasable space.  There are over 800 stores, and parking for 20,000 visitors.  It has an amusement park onsite, including a roller coaster.

West Edmonton Mall


8 – SM Megamall 

Located in Manila, Philippines, this mall is the third largest in the country and the eight largest in the world.  It currently has 3.74 million square feet.  It is currently undergoing expansion, which will make it the largest in the country, and at least the third largest in the world.  It has a hall that can be used for trade shows, a 12 room movie theater and a food court with more than 100 stalls.

SM Megamall


9 – Berjaya Times Square

The Berjaya Times Square Mall has 3.44 million square feet of leasable space and is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  It is located in a twin tower complex, with a 5 star hotel.  The building is the 5th largest in the world, and the largest building to be built all at once.  It contains an indoor theme park.

Berjay Times Square Mall


10 – Beijing Mall

With 3.4 million square feet, the Beijing Mall in Beijing China rounds out the list at number 10.  It has four levels of shopping and interior residences.  

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Oct 2, 2011 12:13pm
The mall (whether large or small) seems to be something most of the world has in common; good article and nice photos.
Oct 19, 2011 7:33am
Wow! I didn't know there were malls this large. Very interesting article on the worlds largest shopping malls. And, congratulations on the Featured Article.
Oct 19, 2011 2:18pm
Thanks a lot!!
Oct 20, 2011 5:03pm
Congrats on the featured article! I've been to West Edmonton Mall quite a few times and in addition to having an amusement park, they also have a HUGE water park with a wave pool and waterslides. It gets soooo cold in Edmonton and the water park is a great place to warm up and forget about all the snow outside.
Oct 22, 2011 8:23am
I've been to 4 of these featured malls and they were all great. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes when shopping and 1 day is not enough to experience eveything in these type of malls.
Oct 27, 2011 2:04am
I've already been to 3. I definitely got tired easily just by looking around.
Oct 27, 2011 4:17am
Very creative malls
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