(เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์) is the 2nd largest shopping mall complex in Southeast Asia
. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by the Central Pattana
. In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, the expanded, 550,000 square metres
of shopping mall and 1,024,000 square metres
of complex was opened, topping its nearby rival Siam Paragon
in terms of size. The mall is considered the largest shopping center in South East Asia and is larger than Hong Kong's Ocean Terminal
World Trade Center
Originally called the World Trade Center
, the eight-story mall was opened in 1990. The Central Group
acquired the property in 2002 from the Wang Petchaboon
group and soon thereafter renamed it Central World Plaza and in 2005 rechristened it CentralWorld. It is on Crown Property Bureau
land. In its acquisition, the Central Group's property development arm, Central Pattana
: CPN), secured a new 30-year lease on the site.
Anticipating the opening of the luxury Siam Paragon
, CPN started massive renovations and expansion on the site in 2003. The original mall structure was 300,000 square meters. The expansion plans boosted that to 550,000 square meters. Though the work hadn't yet been completed, CPN held an official opening of the renovated complex on July 21, 2006, and it was expected to be fully operational by October 2006. As of May 2007 the mall has fully opened but some premises in parts of the upper floors remain yet vacant. Major exterior construction is ongoing on the hotel situated in the northwest corner of the mall and the extension floors to the ZEN
department store in southeast corner.
The renovated complex aims to attract 150,000 customers per day, purchasing more than 7 billion baht annually. It markets itself as a middle class shopping center, opposed to the upper class-marketed Siam Paragon.
Further plans call for a convention center and hotel at the site.
The Offices at CentralWorld
The renovations included completing an unfinished office tower, on which work had been halted in 1999. Only 39 of the total 63 floors had been completed. Construction was resumed in early 2003 with a new only 45 floors, 204 metres design. The completed tower opened in 2005.
CentralWorld is located in Pathum Wan
district at the Ratchaprasong
Intersection in one of Bangkok's busiest shopping and tourism districts.
Nearby Shopping Centers and Attractions includes
Gaysorn , BigC
Ratchadamri, The Erawan Shrine
, Amarin Plaza , Central Chidlom
, Siam Paragon
, Siam Center
, Siam Discovery Center
, MBK Center
, Platinum Fashion Mall
, Pantip Plaza
and Chamchuri Square
The largest outdoor activity square in downtown Bangkok
covers an area of 8,000 square metres
, which is ideal for large-scale activities such as The New Year's Countdown party. It has 400 dancing fountain heads incorporated into the plaza and can accommodate up to 100,000 people per day.
CentralWorld Avenue is a six-lane road that circles the complex. It links Rama I Road and Ratchadamri road together.
- PowerBuy - A large electronics store selling electrical appliances ranging from refrigerators to home theatre systems. It is located on the fourth floor of the complex.
- SuperSports - A large sporting equipment shop.
- B2S - The flagship branch of the Thailand-based bookstore chain, it is spreaded over three floors and offers international and local publications, books, stationery, office supplies and various forms of entertainment media.
- Central Food Hall - A premium-level supermarket offering household products, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, butcheries and seafood. There is also a wine cellar, food court and a variety of restaurants and quick eateries within the store.
- SB Design Square - The flagship store of S.B. Furniture, selling furnitures and home decorate products.
- Toys R Us - The flagship location of the store in Thailand, offering more than 10,000 square meters of imported toys and attractive gadgets and gizmos for teenagers.
- Centerpoint at CentralWorld - A complex of shops, restaurants, game zones and entertainment venues located on level 7. The complex is developed and operated by Pornpailin Development Co Ltd who has previously operated the Centerpoint at Siam Square. The complex is slated to be ready by the end of 2008.
- TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) - A complex that includes a library, Internet centers, a 4D movie theatre and other media facilities. Owned and operated by the government of Thailand.
- King Power - A local duty free store which used to operate on the sixth floor of Zone A. It eventually closed down in June 2006 to make way for the expansion of the ZEN Department Store.
- Major Cineplex - A former cineplex boasting six screens and twenty four bowling lanes. The cineplex eventually closed down to poor business, after SF World Cinema has opened in January 2008. Centerpoint at Central World now occupy this space.
Some of the stores include:
Apparel & Accessories
Cosmetics and Beauty
Gifts and Stationery
Restaurant & Eateries