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.
That figure was up 1% on the year before, despite the industry facing hurdles locally in the form of shifting regulation and various exchange hacks.
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.