Referencing the results of a December 2018 survey from nonprofit organization the Korea Financial Investors Protection Foundation, Arirang revealed 7.4% of the 2,500 adults surveyed said they had bought cryptocurrency.
Not only the number of purchasers had changed: out of those who now owned crypto, many were buying more of it than before.
Compared to 2017, the average investment per person shot up 64% to over $6,000, Arirang said.
According to the survey, it was older investors who were the most common crypto buyers — those in their 50s, followed by 30-40-year-olds.
Bitcoin’s (BTC) price uptick to $5,300 at the start of April has spurred the reemergence of a bullish trend peculiar to the South Korean market. Known as the “Kimchi Premium,” the phenomenon sees local traders pay a premium for bitcoin in particular on exchanges when measured in USD terms.
Problems meanwhile persist for market participants, with one South Korean exchange closing its doors last week and another, Bithumb, continue to grapple with the effect of a hack worth $18 million that occurred in March.