These are the most over-the-top malls in the world

The Times Square mall in Hong Kong has 14 floors.

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The Times Square mall in Hong Kong has 14 floors.
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  • Malls in America may be dying, but they’re still major destinations in many places around the world.
  • Oftentimes, these malls have attractions like movie theaters, ice-skating rinks, and amusement parks.
  • Here’s what malls are like in cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

Malls may be a dying breed in America, but in many places around the world, they’re still major destinations.

Many shopping malls in other countries offer a whole lot more than just shopping. In these places, movie theaters, ice-skating rinks, roller coasters, and live entertainment often accompany thousands of stores. And while malls in America are shuttering and losing stores, many malls in other countries are continuing to add more stores and attractions.

The Times Square mall in Hong Kong, for example, has 14 floors of retail, dining, and entertainment. Likewise, the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, has an amusement park with a whopping 24 rides. Other malls are absurdly big – The Dubai Mall has over 1,200 individual shops, and that doesn’t include the theme park or the other experiences the mall offers.

Here’s what it’s like at some of the most over-the-top malls in other countries:


ION Orchard in Singapore is a destination for luxury shopping, complete with concierge services, luxury stores, and fine dining.

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It also has an art gallery and a sky deck overlooking the city.

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The Paragon shopping center, also in Singapore, is another high-end mall with dozens of designer stores, including a huge Gucci flagship store.

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The Paragon has live music six days a week, as well as plenty of other entertainment options.

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Located right on the waterfront, VivoCity shopping center is home to Singapore’s largest movie theater and its biggest toy store, as well as an amphitheater, pool, and four massive food courts.

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Source: Singapore Guide


VivoCity has seven levels of shopping with luxury stores and fast fashion alike. It also has a gym and an outdoor playground.

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Source: Singapore Guide


Dubai’s Wafi Mall is inspired by ancient Egypt. It’s lined with mosaics and has more than 30 pyramid-shaped restaurants.

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It also has mini golf and a spa, but one of the biggest attractions is a 14th-century-inspired market with local vendors.

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The Mall of the Emirates in Dubai is known as the world’s first shopping resort. It has 2.4 million square feet of retail space, which includes over 600 high-end brands.

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It also has a theme park and an indoor ski resort.

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The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and most-visited shopping mall. It has more than 1,200 stores across 5.9 million square feet of space.

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It also has one of the world’s largest aquariums, which includes a walkthrough tunnel.

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The Landmark in Hong Kong, also known as “Central,” has a ton of designer stores, including a Louis Vuitton flagship store.

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The Landmark also has fine dining …

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… and entertainment like concerts and art exhibitions.

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Elements Hong Kong has five zones themed around metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Each zone has decor inspired by the element it’s designed around.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


It’s home to Hong Kong’s biggest movie theater, an ice-skating rink with panoramic water views, and art exhibitions featuring works by artists like Andy Warhol.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


Times Square mall in Hong Kong has 14 floors plus two basement levels. It has over 230 stores and is anchored by a two-floor Lane Crawford.

The Times Square mall in Hong Kong has 14 floors.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


It also has a ton of entertainment options, including art exhibitions, fairs, movies, and a huge New Year’s Eve celebration each year.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


Hong Kong’s New Town Plaza has nine levels of designer shopping, but the biggest draw is its entertainment.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


The mall has a massive amusement park and arcade, outdoor playground, boating canal, party pavilion, rooftop garden, and movie theater.

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Source: Hong Kong Guide


The West Edmonton Mall is the biggest mall in North America. It has over 800 stores, and each part of the mall has its own theme.

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It also has an ice-skating rink, amusement park, water park, and other attractions.

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Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand isn’t just a mall — the complex has an opera hall, luxury hotel, art gallery, exhibition space, movie theater, bowling alley, and aquarium.

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Source: Bangkok Guide