Proposed Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 🇲🇾

Proposed location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :malaysia:

Why is Kuala Lumpur (KL) the best place to host Devcon VII? Convince us :slightly_smiling_face:

There are 10 main reasons:
:houses: Home of essential teams such as Etherscan and CoinGecko
:fire: Active community
:stew: Food, culture and tourist attractions
:dollar: Affordable costs
:office: Modern infrastructure
:thought_balloon: Fluency in English and other languages
:airplane: International access
:lock: Safe
:sun_with_face: Tropical climate
:handshake: Adoption and potential growth

Read on below or on Twitter to know more!

Answer the following questions to see if your suggested city matches the key criteria to host the next Devcon:

Country and Entry

1. What are the visa restrictions for the country?

Malaysia is visa-free for most countries and eVisa application is readily available for others.


2. How easy is the international access?

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is the main international airport of Malaysia and is accessible globally, being an hour’s flight from regional hub Singapore and often needing at most 2 transits to get to. It saw an estimated 62.3 million passengers in 2019.


3. What about the safety and political stability of the region?

Malaysians take pride in having diverse cultures coexisting peacefully since independence in 1957. There are no political riots, conflicts or acts of terrorism with rare street protests.

Crimes in KL mostly involve pickpocketing in tourist hotspots. Tourists are advised to keep an eye out for bag snatchers and scammers.


4. How expensive are venue rent, accommodation, food, and transport?

Malaysia is well known to be affordable in accommodation, food and transport. We are ranked 70th out of 106 in the cost of living index. Examples include:

  • Street food prices from as low as USD 0.50
  • Decent restaurant meals from USD 5
  • Ride-hailing for USD 5-10
  • 5-star hotels for USD 80 per night


5. What is the climate during Q3/Q4?

As a tropical country, Malaysia is warm all year round with frequent rainfall. Temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C.

While others wear sweaters to protect against the cold outdoors, we wear them indoors!

City and Venue

1. How easy is the transportation in the city (between venues, airport, etc.)?

Getting to the city center from the airport typically takes about 40 mins and costs USD 10-20 via e-hailing services such as Grab. A train from the airport to the city takes 35 mins and costs USD 8-13.

KL has a well-developed public transport system. One can catch the LRT, MRT, KTM, or bus to get around KL and the surrounding Klang Valley conveniently. Ride-haling services such as Grab are widely used, providing a quick and easy way to travel.

2. Are there modern venues (WiFi/Maneuverability/Catering)?

There are a plenty of suitable venues for Devcon:

3. Are there venues with the capacity to host between 5-10k+ people?

All four of the above locations have this capacity.

4. What are attractions in or around the city?


Often described as a foodie heaven:


Lots of nature to love:


There are cultural landmarks of various kinds:


Different shopping experiences to savour:

Ethereum community and Impact

1. How does the Ethereum community look like in this region (e.g.: existing large community/ small but growing rapidly, etc.)?

KL is home to two of the most-used and most-loved products in Ethereum: Etherscan and CoinGecko. :malaysia: is also home for members and contributors of teams such as Nethermind, Ribbon Finance, Galaxis and Polygon.

The local community ETHKL is one of the most active in the world, with more than 100 meetups and workshops run over the last 5 years. Its sister group ETHPenang was set up in late 2022 to be a meetup for Ethereans in Northern Malaysia.

2. What is the potential of Ethereum to have an impact in that region?

  • South East Asia is a fast-developing, multi-cultural region of the world. Leveraging Ethereum allows the countries here to boost their progress even further and illustrate Ethereum’s capability to change the world.
  • KL is a hub for Islamic finance, an industry with an addressable market of almost 25% of the global population. Decentralised tech has the potential to unlock and bring this industry forward.

3. How is hosting Devcon in that city benefiting the Ethereum ecosystem?

  • As one of the most developed-yet-affordable cities in Asia, KL is an ideal place for Ethereum builders to base their operations out from. Many in the community are unaware of this city’s potential, and hosting Devcon will open them up to the opportunity.
  • The level of English fluency is much higher here than in most of the region, making for easier integration of builders from around the world. There is also a wide number of Mandarin speakers and a reasonable number who speak languages such as Tamil and Arabic.
  • The diverse cultures in KL provide a gateway into Asia for the rest of the world. As we like to say: “Malaysia, Truly Asia

Concerns and Downsides

Every location has its pros and cons. It’s important to also consider the potential downsides.

  1. What are possible risks?
  • Monsoon season in Malaysia is from October to March. While it mainly affects the east coast and not KL, there may be heavy rain and floods that affect part of the city.
  1. What could be the downsides?
  • Traffic in KL can be bad. Devcon attendees are encouraged not to travel across the city during rush hour.
  • While visiting Malaysia is easy for most countries, one exception is Israel. Israeli citizens will need to apply for a special conference visa and receive approval from the Ministry Of Home Affairs to attend.

Additional Information

  • See you in 2024 :wave:

The best place in SEA to host Devcon :fire::fire:

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Beautiful country surrounded by talented peoples. Try us!!

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As a KL native, welcome all the ethereans!

If you are coming: Download Yoodo app and buy the local esim inside 2 days before arrival. 20GB data + 100 mins talktime = RM 25 per month on Celcom infra, 2nd best in the country!

+1 for KL - great in terms of location, price, accessibility. Downside is that Israelis will find it difficult. :frowning:

I would definitely love to see DevCon 7 to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

KL has so much to offer, be it the food, the community, culture-rich environment and so much more! The top 10 reasons in the main post really summarizes it all.

YAS! Finally~!

Malaysia would be the best place to chat, chill and mingle. Food is excellent, lodging is cheap and everything is relatively close by within KL itself.

Language wouldn’t be too much of an issue if you speak English, even the roadside aunties can come up with some epic jokes.

Learn some bahasa along the way and you will get a discount from street stalls for sure hahah

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KL please! Awesome food, awesome infrastructure, awesome people and awesome nightlife!

So many devs around South East Asia will be able to participate devcon in KL because of how affordable it is to travel, eat and stay in Malaysia.

People here are warm and of various races and ethnicity - since we’re expecting devs of various nations, they would feel right at home because it’s a melting pot here with people groups from all over the world!

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I may add that Kuala Lumpur is also accessible to go to these venues. Kuala Lumpur has one of the best public transport systems in the region. The public transport network stretches to the whole Klang Valley (The Greater Area of Kuala Lumpur). It has numerous types of transportation modes such as buses, trains, rails, taxis, and Grab (it is like Uber).

the most famous public transport would be the rail network. The city has Light Rapid Transit (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), commuter rails, monorails, and airport rail links. All of these rails are connected to each other and allow visitors to explore Kuala Lumpur from airport to the whole city.

Here is the transit map of the whole network. Coming from the airport and the whole greater area of Kuala Lumpur!

I believe this would help people to know too that KL can be great in moving crowds from all over the place in KL!

Source: Rapid KL - Integrated Transit Map - MyRapid


Lesgooo Malaysia Best

I want to emphasize on the english competency here. Its not like, just the hotel receptionist or the convenient store cashier can speak english, practically everyone around Kuala Lumpur can speak english. Poor english, sure, but understandable english. To sum up in one word, Malaysia is “easy”.

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I wholeheartedly concur! Malaysia would be an ideal destination for DevCon, given the abundance of developers and frequent hackathons. It’s high time for DevCon to be held in Malaysia.

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A great place for buidlers who enjoy food and tropical scenery!

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yo the proposal is sick! lets do this! :rocket::rocket::rocket:
btw I was one of the folks who worked on the bengaluru proposal and KL seems like an amazing option too!

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Builders community is growing here too! You can see familiar malaysian faces in hackathons, conference and meetups! Hope to bring DevCon to Malaysia!!

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Speaking as a Malaysian who’s returned after a 7 year hiatus, I’m glad to see my country growing and people proposing it here! It definitely feels like things have changed for the better since I left - a country on the up and up.

The food was always the best though.

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YES! Finally ~~ lets do this! :rocket::rocket::rocket:

This is exciting! Let’s bring DevCon to KL. We have very vibrant builder communities around, and we have been known to have the friendliest folks in the region. The city is well equipped with amenities and essential infrastructure to run a big conference like DevCon. For the food lovers, this place will definitely not disappoint you. So, why not? Let’s make another memorable DevCon in KL.

This will be HUGE for Malaysia, and the ENTIRE SOUTHEAST ASIA continent, let’s all make it happen TOGETHER :rocket: :new_moon: