MBK Center is probably Bangkok’s most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. Strip malls have developed since the 1920s, corresponding to the rise of suburban living in the United States after World War II. As such, the strip mall development has been the subject of the same criticisms leveled against suburbanisation and suburban sprawl in general.
On the other hand, shopping malls act as perfect linkage between the stations and the residential development because the malls are climatically well controlled indoor environment which protects the passers-by from getting wet under the rain and from the polluted air.
The department stores in Hong Kong either moved to the places with lower rent which were usually the regions outside the urban centre like the new towns, or moved into shopping malls and became their anchor stores. The shopping malls then came naturally to the centre of these new towns, being typical models of condensation of commercial, retailing and consuming activities under capitalism.
The decor in the mall includes elaborate tiling, a gigantic golden elephant, a high ceiling painted to resemble blue skies, and lush outdoor tea gardens. An outlet mall allows shoppers to look at a variety of different discounted products from clothing to stationery without traveling from store to store.
The massive Atrio food court features 30 dining destinations, while the mall also boasts 17 sit down restaurants, including Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and The Cheesecake Factory. The annual Kuala Lumpur shopping carnival that is held from October to November draws in lots of visitors a sizable proportion of which are tourists, this a good time to buy goods at discounted prices. Created by New York City’s Dara Birnbaum, it consisted of twenty-five TV screens, arranged in a 5 x 5 fashion. Most stores and shopping centres are open all day long, whether they are on the periphery, as if they are in the city centre. One of the newer trends in shopping centers are what are called lifestyle centers.