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Korea Exchange
TypeStock exchange
LocationBusan & Seoul, South Korea
Coordinates35°08′12″N 129°03′53″E / 35.136721°N 129.064746°E / 35.136721; 129.064746 (Busan)
Founded1956; 68 years ago (1956)
Key peopleSohn Byung-doo
(Chairman & CEO)
CurrencySouth Korean won
No. of listings2,445 (as of May 2021)[1]
Market cap₩2,604 trillion KRW ($2.3 trillion USD)[2]
KRX 100
Korea Exchange
Revised RomanizationHanguk Georaeso
McCune–ReischauerHanguk Kŏraeso

Korea Exchange (KRX, 한국거래소) is the sole securities exchange operator in South Korea. It is headquartered in Busan, and has an office for cash markets and market oversight in Seoul.


The Korea Exchange was created through the integration of Korea Stock Exchange (KSE), Korea Futures Exchange and KOSDAQ Stock Market under the Korea Stock & Futures Exchange Act. The securities and derivatives markets of former exchanges are now business divisions of Korea Exchange: the Stock Market Division, KOSDAQ Market Division and Derivatives Market Division. As of Dec 2020, Korea Exchange had 2,409 listed companies with a combined market capitalization of ₩2.3 quadrillion KRW (US$2.1 trillion). The exchange has normal trading sessions from 09:00 am to 03:30 pm on all days of the week except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays declared by the Exchange in advance.[3]

On 22 May 2015, the Korea Exchange joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative in an event with the UN-SG Ban Ki-moon in attendance, as well as senior officials from UN Global Compact and UNCTAD.[4]

Traded instruments[edit]

KOSPI Market Division
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Exchange-Linked Warrants (ELWs)
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
KOSDAQ Market Division
  • Stocks
Derivatives Market Division
  • Index Instruments: KOSPI 200 Index Futures, KOSTAR Futures, KOSPI 200 Index Options
  • Single Stock Futures
  • Equity Options
  • Interest Rate Instruments: 3-Year KTB (Korea Treasury Bond) Futures, 5-Year KTB Futures, 10-Year KTB Futures
  • Foreign Exchange Instruments: USD Futures, JPY Futures, EUR Futures, USD Options
  • Commodity Instruments: Gold Futures, Mini-gold Futures, Lean Hog Futures

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Global KRX About KRX KRX Overview History"". Archived from the original on 28 April 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  2. ^ ""시가총액"". Archived from the original on 11 January 2023. Retrieved 10 Feb 2021.
  3. ^ Market Hours, Korea Exchange via Wikinvest
  4. ^ "UN Secretary-General Joins Business Leaders in Seoul, Calls for Urgent Action on Poverty, Climate Change and Conflict". UN Global Compact. UN Global Compact. Archived from the original on 2023-01-11. Retrieved 23 May 2015.

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