The volume of transactions in the South Korean digital currency market briefly exceeded the daily average transaction amount of the country’s stock market on Sunday.
According to data from CoinMarketCap, the combined 24-hour volume of major South Korean crypto exchanges Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit was more than $14.6 billion on Sunday. On Friday, the same metric was roughly $14.5 billion on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index and $10 billion on the Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.
It should be noted that trade volumes appearing on CoinMarketCap are not always believed to be accurate due to the prevalence of volume inflation. CoinMarketCap has introduced several initiatives to combat inflated volume data, but the figures reported there are typically higher than what’s seen on Messari.
Some crypto exchanges in South Korea have experienced their share of regulatory and business-related challenges in the last year.
In August 2020, local authorities seized Coinbit, the country’s third-largest crypto exchange, following allegations that 99% of transaction volume on the exchange was faked through wash trading. Data from CoinMarketCap shows Coinbit’s 24-hour transaction volume is now just over $900 million.
In addition, major crypto exchange Binance’s Korean arm said it would close its doors in January, citing shrinking liquidity and low trading volume of its Binance KRW (BKRW) trading pairs. Bithumb, the second-largest exchange in the country by volume, announced last week it would be implementing new Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer measures.