Kuala Lumpur once aspired to equal Singapore as a shopping destination. At the time, Singapore was considered the place for shopping, attracting shoppers from all over Asia and even others parts of the world with its amazing array of shops and consumer products.
Kuala Lumpur had virtually no shopping malls and the range of products on offer was limited to say the least. It did have numerous night markets which had plenty of cheap goods for sale, often of corresponding quality.
In the intervening years, there has been a major transformation. Shopping malls have sprung up all over the city and some of them are huge – three of the world’s ten largest malls are in Greater KL!
The change has recently been recognised by two global surveys. Global Blue, a Switzerland-based company, ranked 25 cities in Asia Pacific to determine the best place to shop. They used multiple criteria to rank them, and KL came out in second place, just behind Hong Kong. Another survey, conducted by CNN using different criteria, ranked shopping destinations worldwide and KL beat Hong Kong, coming in at fourth place after New York, London, and Tokyo. See our story on page 30 for more about KL’s terrific shopping.
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