How to Buy Cryptocurrency in South Korea

Buying cryptocurrency in South Korea

Buying cryptocurrency in South KoreaThe young population of South Korea considers crypto a popular form of investment, and many see it as a saving grace from the high unemployment rates in the country. According to a study cited in Quartz, more than a third of South Korean workers invested in cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin in 2017. Towards the end of 2020, investors took note as cryptocurrencies soared in several key markets, South Korea being one. In March 2020, new legislation was passed by The South Korean National Assembly, paving the way for legalization and regulation of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges. New legislation was passed in reaction to the growing crypto ecosystem in the midst of the pandemic, hoping to manage the industry and establish anti-money laundering regulations. It was also an effort to dampen enthusiasm in crypto markets, keep control of the spread of blockchain, and to manage the volatility of cryptocurrency prices.
As of 20/03/2021

Exchanges Info

These exchanges all accept customers from South Korea. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below

Open a eToro Account

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eToro

eToro is a social trading platform that allows you to buy into cryptocurrencies, international stocks and shares and more complex financial assets. It also have an innovative Copy Trader feature where you can choose to follow other successful traders and automatically copy their trades to hopefully share in their success

Pros
  • Fully regulated financial institution
  • Trade crypto, stocks and other financial assets
  • Follow and copy the trades of expert traders
Cons
  • Fees (spreads) are high
  • Only USD as base currency
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Bybit

Based in Singapore and registered in the British Virgin Islands, Bybit is a P2P cryptocurrency exchange offering perpetual futures products with 100:1 leverage. Bybit can process 100k transaction per second which is a great feature for leveraged trading.

Pros
  • Advanced and secure technology
  • Anonymous accounts
  • Attractive trading bonuses
  • Very low fees
Cons
  • Limited asset coverage
  • No option instruments
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OKEx

OKEx is the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by volume. It posts over $2 billion in trades daily and has over 400 trading pairs.

Pros
  • Good range of coins
  • DEX trading
  • No hacking history
Cons
  • Not available in US
  • KYC required
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Kucoin

Founded in 2017, KuCoin has already managed to establish itself as “The People’s Exchange.” With 200+ cryptocurrencies and more than 400 markets, it has become one of the hubs for cryptocurrency trading.

Pros
  • Vast selection of altcoins
  • Ability to stake & earn crypto yields
  • Robust security features
  • No forced KYC checks
Cons
  • No fiat currency deposits
  • Trading volume is low

Changelly

Changelly allows you to trade cryptocurrency without registration or verifying the identity through KYC. Being a non-custodial exchange, Changelly doesn’t require you to keep any deposits. The platform also works as a fiat-to-crypto gateway.

Pros
  • Non-custodial exchange
  • Great way to switch altcoins
  • Doesn’t require extensive KYC
  • 2FA security and high exchange limit
Cons
  • A high transaction fee of 0.5%
  • Unclear owners
  • Sometimes their service is quite slow
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