One of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Bithumb, has begun providing a cryptocurrency payment service to a major online marketplace it refers to as “Asia’s Amazon.” Korean users can use their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange to pay for purchases on Qoo10 using this service.
Qoo10 Partners With Bithumb
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb announced on Wednesday the launch of its “cryptocurrency payment service” for major online shopping marketplace Qoo10, which it referred to as “Asia’s Amazon.”
The two companies signed a contract in August and have been developing a payment service for Qoo10 that uses Bithumb cash.
A Bithumb representative explained to news.Bitcoin.com that for each customer:
Bithumb cash is the total asset [value] of [their] cryptocurrencies and KRW.
Bithumb started offering the “Bithumb cash payment service for Qoo10 from the 5th of this month,” the exchange wrote. This payment option is now listed on the marketplace alongside Payco, Paypal, and E-money.
The representative emphasized that currently this service is only available to Koreans, including those living overseas. Foreigners living in Korea cannot use it, the representative noted, adding that the company is working to make it available to all users.
Qoo10 operates seven localized online marketplaces in five countries, its website details. Bithumb described this marketplace as a Korean e-commerce company that is “the No. 1 shopping mall in Singapore, and has become a leader in Asian e-commerce markets such as Hong Kong, China and Indonesia.”
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Bithumb revealed in November last year that it was working on creating a “simple” payment system to allow its members to use their cryptocurrencies and KRW to pay for goods and services,