South Koreans will be able to use bitcoin to pay on thousands of websites, after payments gateway giant Galaxia Communications announced it will add bitcoin as a payment option.
is one of the top three companies processing online payments in Korea, with more than 10,000 domestic and international websites on its client list.
It is also one of the top mobile gift certificate and voucher sellers in Korea, which may now be purchased with bitcoin as well.
Local bitcoin payment processor and software developer Coinplug will provide technical assistance for bitcoin transactions.
Galaxia Communications' Senior VP and COO, Yongkwang Kim, said he first heard about bitcoin last year and keeps his own wallet.
He said, however, there were some challenges convincing others at the company to accept bitcoin, given that news about digital currency "is not always positive" and it is not seen as completely reliable.
Since Coinplug will handle processing and exchange, though, in the end there was little problem introducing bitcoin as it will be converted to fiat before Galaxia sees it.
Kim added there were no critical issues or specific challenges to bitcoin implementation on the technical side:
Galaxia and Coinplug
The company also announced it will soon launch a new website and wallet platform, including new merchant payment features such as instant buy and sell.
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