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South Korea’s waning crypto enthusiasm causes Bitcoin’s ‘Kimchi Premium’ to decrease


Analysis of Bitcoin’s Kimchi Premium and its Impact on the South Korean Crypto Market

The Kimchi Premium for Bitcoin, which measures the price gap between the cryptocurrency in South Korea and elsewhere, has dropped to 1.54% on Friday afternoon in Asia. This decline marks a significant shift from the premium’s peak of 11.44% in March, following Bitcoin’s all-time high.

The decrease in the Kimchi Premium can be attributed to reduced trade volumes in South Korea’s top five crypto exchanges, including Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit, and Gopax. These exchanges saw a combined trading volume of $2 billion in the past 24 hours, a stark contrast to the nearly $18 billion reported on March 6.

Several factors may have contributed to South Korea’s waning enthusiasm for crypto, such as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and net outflows in U.S. spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds. Additionally, the lack of significant events highlighting Bitcoin’s value since the halving last month may have dampened interest in the cryptocurrency.

Despite these challenges, Bitcoin was trading at around $63,018 at the time of publication, showing a 2.9% increase over the past 24 hours. The evolving dynamics of the Kimchi Premium and South Korea’s crypto market continue to be closely monitored by investors and analysts alike.


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