Then, when did Dutch-Korean relations
Many people associate relations with Netherlands with
As widely known, Hamel was not the first Dutch to relate
with Korea. In 1627, Park Yeon (Jan Janse Weltevree
in Dutch) was shipwrecked in Joseon, married a Joseon
woman, and ended his days in Joseon. But it does not
necessarily mean that the relations of two countries
began with Park Yeon's shipwreck.
In fact, Netherlands already planned to have trade
with Korea when it established abranch office in Hirato,
This fact is very significant in the history of international
relations including Netherlands and Japan as well as
On Nov. 3, 1610, the first chief of VOC branch in Hirato,
Jacques Specx wrote a letter back home about the importance
of trade with Joseon in the future to the "17
Forty five (45) days later, the prince Maurits sent
a reply that Japan gave permission to have trade in
In thissense, it is reasonable that Joseon-Dutch relations
began in 1610, not in 1653 when Hamel and his mates
were shipwrecked in Jeju.
Europe already had quite an amount of knowledge about
Korea and Japan through the missionaries even before
¡ºThe Journal of Hendrick Hamel¡»was
introduced to Europe.