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CentralWorld is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok

02 Jul 2017
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CentralWorld is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand.It is the tenth largest shopping complex in the world. The complex, which includes a hotel and office tower, is owned by Central Pattana.

In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, CentralWorld was expanded to 550,000 square metres of shopping mall and 1,024,000 square metres of complex, topping nearby rival Siam Paragon in terms of size. On 19 May 2010, CentralWorld was one of the many properties set on fire when the Red Shirts anti-government protesters were forcibly removed after months of demonstrations which included complete blockage of the Rachaprasong shopping district. The parts of the complex most affected were the Zen department store and its adjacent annex.A portion of the shopping complex reopened on 28 September 2010 after months of repair work.

Facilities

CentralWorld Square,The largest outdoor activity square in downtown Bangkok, this covered an area of 8,000 square metres, which was for large-scale activities such as The New Year’s Eve Countdown party. There were 400 dancing fountain heads incorporated into the plaza.
 

CentralWorld Avenue

CentralWorld Avenue is a six-lane road that circles the complex. It links Rama I Road and Ratchadamri road together.

Main anchors

  • Isetan – This branch of the Japanese department store chain has six stories. The merchandise ranges from apparel to domestic goods.
  • Zen Mega Store – Branded as Asia’s first lifestyle trend megastore. It had 50,000 square metres and was seven stories high. It was managed by the Central Retail Corporation.
  • SF World Cinema – An upscale cinema complex located on the seventh floor, it has a total of 15 screens, which include the 800 seats of World Max Screen and luxury “first-class” theatres. The venue played host to a number of Thai cinema premieres as well as the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival and the 2008 Bangkok International Film Festival.
  • Groove @ CentralWorld The New Zone with varieties of cafe, restaurants, hang-out space at the front of The Offices
 

Key tenants

  • 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 spreads one floor and offers international and local publications, books, stationery, office supplies and various forms of entertainment media.
  • Central Food Hall – This premium-level supermarket offers household products, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, butcheries and seafood. There are also a wine cellar, a food court and a variety of restaurants and fast food outlets.
  • 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, it offers more than 10,000 square meters of imported toys and attractive gadgets and gizmos for teenagers.
  • 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.
  • Genius Park- A newly added facility, replacing the Asian Senses, it consists of a children’s playground, an arcade, and various learning centers for children and adults.
  • Uniqlo – The first Uniqlo store in Thailand and currently the brand’s largest branch in South-East Asia.
  • H&M – The Largest H&M Store in Southeast Asia and 3rd Largest After Las Vegas’ and NYC’s.
  • The Rink Iceskate – An indoor ice skating rink located at the 2nd floor Forum zone.

Former tenants

  • 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 due to poor business, after SF World Cinema opened in January 2008. Japanese town now occupies this space.
  • Centerpoint at CentralWorld – A complex of shops, restaurants, game zones and entertainment venues located on level 7. The complex was developed and operated by Pornpailin Development Co Ltd, who has previously operated the Centerpoint at Siam Square. It closed down in August 2012 to make Endutainment Zone.

Hotel

  • The Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is a 57-storey 5-star hotel. There are 17,000 square metres area of convention hall and numerous function rooms on level 22nd of the hotel.