The largest shopping mall in Malaysia and the seventh largest in the world, 1 Utama Shopping Centre offers much more than what a shopper would like to experience. This is a shopping mall where one could go not just to shop, but to also explore various other activities that the place offers.
With a built up of 5.59 million sq ft area, 14,000 parking spaces and spread over seven levels of retail floors, 1 Utama was opened in August 1995 with the concept of suburban shopping. It has a strategic location along the golden mile of Petaling Jaya, which is just outside the city of Kuala Lumpur. The shopping centre believes in imaginative retailing and has more than 700 shops including a mix of blue chip departmental stores and retailers from worldwide. It also houses more than 150 dining outlets which include cafes and gourmet restaurants. One of the recommended places to dine is Peranakan Place which serves authentic Nyonya cuisine. 1 Utama offers a shopping privilege card, OneCard, which can be used to earn points and redeem them to shop later. The mall also runs promotions, events and activities through the year. They have won numerous accolades and awards over the years.
However, while most of the malls focus majorly on retail outlets of various brands and restaurants, 1 Utama has brought in concepts beyond shopping and dining. The most impressive part about this shopping centre is the various themed zones that they have, which makes even a non- shopper head here.
The Secret Garden atop the building is one of the largest rooftop gardens in the world. They have nurtured more than 600 species of plants from worldwide including Victoria Amazonica, the largest water lily in the world. Around the food and beverages outlets is the Rainforest which houses more than 100 species of flora and fauna. The Koi fish ponds, giant freshwater fish aquarium, cascading waterfall and rainbow suspension bridge are some of the attractions here.
If you are an adventurous soul, 1 Utama would surely keep you engaged. The Sportszone here has numerous adventurous activities for the visitors. Camp 5 has the largest indoor rock climbing gym in Asia. Air Rider has indoor skydiving and Flow Rider offers surfing with artificial waves. Sealantis offers PADI certified scuba diving inside this shopping centre. It also has a bowling centre, rooftop futsal court, automated baseball centre and a lifestyle gym.
1 Utama Shopping Centre is located in Selangor, just 20 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur and 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
P.S.: I was in hosted by Malaysia Tourism board during my visit to 1 Utama, but opinions are my own.