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Old 12-26-2013, 10:38 PM
 
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Continuing on from my previous thread, a look at the biggest shopping malls in the world reveals most are in Asia, with China and Southeast Asia dominating. None are in Japan or Korea. I'm wondering, are the malls just smaller there, or are there fewer of them, with more of a 'high street' shopping scene like in Europe? Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, Dubai seem more mall-dominated than Seoul and Tokyo, with Taipei and HK. I notice the malls in Taipei seem strangely small and unimpressive, also rather oddly laid out too.

While I'm not a big mall rat, I do appreciate the air-conditioned shopping malls in tropical Singapore or KL. Plus there's everything you need. The UAE is also an up and comer. Of course, Singapore and KL still has decent street-level shopping, but it seems more mall-orientated than North-east Asia. China is probably in between.

 
Old 12-27-2013, 12:10 AM
 
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maybe they huge malls are more common in SE Asia because of the heat and the fact that most people (?) don't have AC in their homes. Huge air-conditioned areas for shopping, entertainment, strolling, and eating just make sense in SE Asia. The fact that it's very rainy for half the year in SE Asia is also a good reason for huge malls.
 
Old 12-27-2013, 12:33 AM
 
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Real estate prices bro. Building a giant mall in a developed nation is much more cost prohibitive than in the 3rd world.
 
Old 12-29-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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Real estate prices bro. Building a giant mall in a developed nation is much more cost prohibitive than in the 3rd world.
Yes, but I don't think that is the only reason why it would be expensive. The prices are also outrageous because places like Japan and South Korea are so small and most of their land is mountainous and rugged, also not good. I think that if Japan and South Korea were larger, like China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, or the continental United States. If these countries were anywhere this large Japan and South Korea would probably be something else.
 
Old 12-29-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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Yes, but I don't think that is the only reason why it would be expensive. The prices are also outrageous because places like Japan and South Korea are so small and most of their land is mountainous and rugged, also not good. I think that if Japan and South Korea were larger, like China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, or the continental United States. If these countries were anywhere this large Japan and South Korea would probably be something else.
Philippines is also crowded, as is Java, and Singapore too.
 
Old 12-30-2013, 05:15 AM
 
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List of largest shopping malls in the world - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Continuing on from my previous thread, a look at the biggest shopping malls in the world reveals most are in Asia, with China and Southeast Asia dominating. None are in Japan or Korea. I'm wondering, are the malls just smaller there, or are there fewer of them, with more of a 'high street' shopping scene like in Europe? Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, Dubai seem more mall-dominated than Seoul and Tokyo, with Taipei and HK. I notice the malls in Taipei seem strangely small and unimpressive, also rather oddly laid out too.

While I'm not a big mall rat, I do appreciate the air-conditioned shopping malls in tropical Singapore or KL. Plus there's everything you need. The UAE is also an up and comer. Of course, Singapore and KL still has decent street-level shopping, but it seems more mall-orientated than North-east Asia. China is probably in between.
Having lived in both Japan and Korea, for about 15 years combined time between the two.

They both love shopping, but everything is so damn convenient street level. Basically their entire countries are nearly an outdoor shopping mall, in many ways. Both are amazing to walk around at street-level, anytime of day or night.

As opposed to somewhere like the Philippines or Indonesia, where walking around in the hot dirty streets with garbage all over the place and bad sidewalks and on and on. WHen I'm in the Philippines, I want to get into the mall, just for air-con relief, and the fact that the streets aren't conducive for much of anything than getting people from A to B.

All that being said, there are some (smaller) malls in Japan and Korea. But, it's not a part of the culture, just way too much interesting stuff and shops and such going on at street-level.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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Philippines is also crowded, as is Java, and Singapore too.
Singapore is developed, and as I said before, about 3/4 of Japan is mountainous or uninhabitable. I don't know about Korea though. Does Philippines and Java have a lot of mountains and volcanoes too? Wait, I thought South Korea had a large mall and it is one of the nicest and biggest in Asia...The Coex Mall or something like that.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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Singapore is developed, and as I said before, about 3/4 of Japan is mountainous or uninhabitable. I don't know about Korea though. Does Philippines and Java have a lot of mountains and volcanoes too? Wait, I thought South Korea had a large mall and it is one of the nicest and biggest in Asia...The Coex Mall or something like that.
I've been to Coex Mall. It's big, but doesn't have a typical mall feel. It's connected with convention centers and hotels and such, and mall-ish, but not really like the malls in the Philippines though, which just feel larger and more enormous.

But, yeah, Coex Mall is definitely a large one and it's well-known and well-populated in Seoul. It's not the norm there though.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Singapore is developed, and as I said before, about 3/4 of Japan is mountainous or uninhabitable. I don't know about Korea though. Does Philippines and Java have a lot of mountains and volcanoes too? Wait, I thought South Korea had a large mall and it is one of the nicest and biggest in Asia...The Coex Mall or something like that.
Much of Java and the Phils is mountainous too, but Java is extremely dense. It's smaller than Honshu yet has more people than all of Japan.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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maybe they huge malls are more common in SE Asia because of the heat and the fact that most people (?) don't have AC in their homes. Huge air-conditioned areas for shopping, entertainment, strolling, and eating just make sense in SE Asia. The fact that it's very rainy for half the year in SE Asia is also a good reason for huge malls.
and also mall now have almost everything already like bowling, movie theater, ice skating, billiards, concert location, kids theme park, salon, dental, that's why I also stay in the mall most of the time lol not just shopping.
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