Location 999/9 Rama I Road Pathumwan Bangkok
Coordinates 13°44′49″N 100°32′23″E / 13.74694°N 100.53972°E / 13.74694; 100.53972
Opening date

1990 (World Trade Center)

18 June 2001 (Central World)
Developer Central Pattana
Management Patcharin Apirukworawut[1]
Owner Central Pattana
Architect Altoon + Porter Architects LLP
No. of stores and services 495[2]
No. of anchor tenants 7[2]
Total retail floor area 187,046 square metres (2,013,346.39 sq ft)[2]
No. of floors 7[3]
Parking 7,000[4]
Website www.centralworld.co.th

Other facts and statistics of CentralWorld:

  • Renovated opening date: July 21, 2006
  • GFA of shopping mall: 550,000 square metres (5,920,150.73 sq ft) include:
    • GLA of stores rental: 429,500 square metres (4,623,099.52 sq ft)
    • GFA of public spaces: 120,500 square metres (1,297,051.21 sq ft)
  • GFA of 5-star hotel (exclude convention center): 90,000 square metres (968,751.94 sq ft)
  • GFA of convention center: 17,000 square metres (182,986.48 sq ft)
  • GFA of offices tower: 80,000 square metres (861,112.83 sq ft)
  • GFA of indoor parking structure and parking underground of shopping mall and offices tower: 287,000 square metres (3,089,242.29 sq ft)
  • No. of floors in CentralWorld complex:
    • Shopping mall (zone A-C): 7
    • Shopping mall (zone D): 8
    • Shopping mall (zone E): 3
    • Shopping mall (zone F exclude cineplex and indoor parking structure): 3
    • Shopping mall (zone F only cineplex): 4
    • Shopping mall (zone F only indoor parking structure): ~20
    • ZEN tower (ZEN Megastore and ZEN World): 20
    • Isetan tower: 8
    • Offices tower: 45
    • Hotel tower (include convention center): 57
    • Convention center (a part of 5-star hotel tower): 4
    • Parking underground of shopping mall and offices tower: 2
  • CentralWorld is a part shopping mall of Ratchaprasong Shopping District in Bangkok
  • CentralWorld is a member of Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA)

CentralWorld (Thai: เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์) is a shopping plaza and complex in Bangkok, Thailand.[5] It is the sixth 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.[6]


World Trade Center

Originally called the World Trade Center, the eight-story mall was opened in 1990. Central Group acquired the property in 2002 from the Wang Petchaboon group and changed the name to Central World Plaza. In 2005 it was renamed CentralWorld. It is on leased Crown Property Bureau land. In its acquisition, the Central Group's property development arm, Central Pattana (SET: CPN), secured a new 30-year lease on the site.[7]

Mall renovations

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 work was not yet complete, CPN held an official opening of the renovated complex on July 21, 2006; it was expected to be fully operational by October 2006. By May 2007 the mall was fully opened, but some parts of the upper floors remained vacant. Major exterior construction was ongoing on the hotel in the northwest corner of the mall and the extension floors to the ZEN department store in southeast corner.

The renovated complex aimed to attract 150,000 customers per day, spending more than 7 billion baht annually. It marketed itself as a middle class shopping center, opposed to the upper class-market Siam Paragon.[8][9]

CentralWorld did not achieve its goal in term of daily visitors because of several reasons, including political turmoil and an ongoing economic downturn. However, shopper numbers soon increased, though reliable figures are lacking. Bangkok's New Year countdown celebrations were held in front of CentralWorld, which quickly became a tradition, with the number of people increasing every year.

The Offices at CentralWorld

Renovations included completing an unfinished office tower, work on which had been halted in 1999 with only 39 of the planned 63 floors completed. Construction resumed in early 2003, expanding the tower to a 45-story, 204 meter, design, with the completed tower opening in 2005.[10]

Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Centara Grand is a chain hotel built on land leased from the Crown Properties Bureau. The flagship hotel, the Centara Grand at CentralWorld, is attached to both the CentralWorld mall and the Offices at CentralWorld.

Fire damage

CentralWorld was temporarily closed on 19 May 2010 due to severe arson damage, which occurred as troops dislodged protesters from the area during the 2010 Thailand political protests. The adjoining 'Zen' section suffered massive damage from the rioters.[11][12]

The Isetan portion was reopened soon after. Following repairs, a large part of CentralWorld was reopened on 28 Sep 2010. The 'Zen' section reopened on 6 Jan 2012.


CentralWorld is located in Pathum Wan district at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in one of Bangkok's busiest shopping and tourism districts.

Nearby attractions

Nearby Shopping Centers and Attractions include Gaysorn, BigC Ratchadamri, the Erawan Shrine, Amarin Plaza, Central Chidlom, Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center, Siam Square, MBK Center, Platinum Fashion Mall, Pantip Plaza, Chamchuri Square, Chulalongkorn University, the Royal Police Headquarter, and Wat Pathum Wanaram.



CentralWorld Square

CentralWorld Square

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

Christmas tree displayed outside of CentralWorld

CentralWorld Avenue

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


ZEN Mega Store
Overview of Main Zone

Main anchors

Groove at CentralWorld

Key tenants

UNIQLO First store in Thailand


Former tenants


Trimurti shrine at the front of Isetan


Two Hindu shrines are located at the north-east corner of CentralWorld: one dedicated to Trimurti and used by people praying for true love, and one dedicated to Ganesha.

See also

Further reading


  1. Annual Report 2011, p. 253.
  2. 1 2 3 Annual Report 2011, p. 55.
  3. Form 56-1 2011, p. 20.
  4. Annual Report 2011, p. 48.
  5. Asia Web, CentralWorld
  6. Bangkok Post (28 September 2010)
  7. Jitpleecheep, Sukanya. "Plenty of new offerings in store" Archived October 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., Bangkok Post Year-End 2002 Economic Review (retrieved July 21, 2006).
  8. Nguyen, Lan Anh (July 21, 2006). "Unfinished CentralWorld to hold grand opening", ThaiDay (print edition).
  9. Thai News Agency (July 21, 2006). Thailand's largest shopping complex CentralWorld opens July 21 Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., MCOT (retrieved July 22, 2003).
  10. Bangkok Highrises – Central World Tower
  11. Bangkok Post (May 19, 2010). Several bodies were found in the damaged area, thought to have been looters trapped by the fire. (retrieved Apr 26, 2011).
  12. Bangkok Post (May 21, 2010). (retrieved Apr 26, 2011).


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