Asia and the Middle East is a land of firsts, also as regards the mall, in fact, in the ranking of the largest shopping centres in the world stand little city known as Dongguan in China or Mandaluyong in the Philippines.
If you organise an intercontinental travel to reach these temples, shopping and entertainment that are home to hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants but also cinemas, theatres and even amusement parks is perhaps excessive, you can always bear them in mind in the event of a long airports in the planes and in the meantime fall back on a visit to Istanbul Cevahir Mall, the largest shopping centre in Europe.
The beautiful Istanbul with its iconic Blue Mosque, the Galata tower, the hagia Sophia, and the be suspended between the western world and eastern is, in fact, a perfect place to treat yourself to a spring break a few hours flight from Italy.
The best advice before visiting one of these mall, is to wear shoes and comfortable clothing because you will have thousands and thousands of square meters of shops to explore, a mission quite challenging for even the most difficult shopping-addicted.
Discover the most luxurious malls and the largest in the world for a holiday shopping.
- New South China Mall, Dongguan, China
- SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines
- Isfahan City Center, Isfahan, Iran
- Central World, Bangkok, Thailand
- Istanbul Cevahir Mall, Istanbul, Turkey
1 – New South China Mall in Dongguan: 659.612 sqm
The largest shopping centre in the world is located in Dongguan, a metropolis characterized by a high concentration of industries that is located on the border with Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Huizho, other important manufacturing hubs of China.
The New South China Mall opened in 2005, is divided into 7 areas that are inspired by Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, Rome, Egypt, the Caribbean and California, and is sadly nicknamed Ghost Mall for the deficiency of… stores.
Unfortunately, in about 2,000 stores that are available have been occupied only about forty, but this result will not stop the property that continues to enlarge. That is to say: in bocca al lupo!
2 – SM Megamall in Mandaluyong: 506.435 sqm
Another mall is among the largest in the world is the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, approximately 10 km from Manila, a real metropolis shopping opened even in the distant 1991.
In this huge shopping center there are more than 1.200 shops distributed over 5 floors, an event centre, a chapel, an ice rink and olympic, to stay in the theme of firsts, an IMAX theatre, which houses one of the largest 3D screens in the world.
SM Megamall houses brands of all types and to suit any pocket and to the inside, there are also numerous bars and eateries where you can relax between shopping and other things.
Remember to visit this mall during a stopover in Manila or during a trip of a few days to explore the wonders of this city, from Fort Santiago, the famous defensive fortress, which commemorates the national hero José Rizal to the vast Rizal Park always dedicated to him, without forgetting the Manila Ocean Park or the National Museum of the Philippines.
3 – Isfahan City Center in Isfahan: 465.000 square meters
TheIsfahan City Center, Iran – more than a mall is a real town where you can do your shopping in more than 750 shops in hotel, stay in a 5 star hotel, taste different types of cuisines in its restaurants, spend time at the cinema, visit a museum that preserves important historical artifacts, and even treat yourself to a few hours of fun in his park indoor where there is also a roller coaster.
This gigantic shopping mall is located on the outskirts of Isfahan, the main tourist destination in Iran which is famous for the Square Naqsh-e jahàn, declared Patrimony of the Humanity by Unesco, the stone bridge on two levels, the Si-o-se Pol, to the majestic palace, the Palace Ali Qapu , and the many other attractions that celebrate the beauty of thearchitecture of the Persian.
4 – Central World in Bangkok: 429.500 sqm
In the list of the largest trading centers of the world is dominated by asian countries and the Middle East and the Central World of Bangkok is another magnificent example of a mall where you can buy everything, and hang out between restaurants and cinema.
Central World was opened in 1990, but in the course of the years has been constantly expanded and today houses more than 600 shops, fifty restaurants and 21 cinema. Numbers are definitely interesting and, perhaps, only a small part of describe the vastness of this temple of shopping in asia.
This shopping centre is located in the centre of Bangkok, then, is also easily reachable on foot between one visit and the other major attractions of this metropolis on the condition that they not be enraptured by the twinkling of its 7 floors of temptation, and spend the rest of the holidays.
5 – Istanbul Cevahir Mall, Istanbul: 420.000 sqm
If you don’t like travelling overseas you need not to despair, in the ranking of the largest shopping centres in the world, there is also theIstanbul Cevahir Mall is only a 3 hour flight from Milan and 2 in Rome.
To date, this mall opened in 2005 with more than 340 stores, 12 movie theaters, 50 restaurants of every type, from the most exclusive to fast-food restaurants, and an amusement park, is the largest shopping centre in Europe, one stage, unmissable during a break in Istanbul to each of the shopping-addicted.