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1. Background

In 1653, the Sperwer, one of the ships of Dutch East India Company, was shipwrecked on the coast of Daeyasu, Jeju-do. Thirty three (33) survivors of the original thirty six (36) Dutch sailors lived in Jeolla Byeongyeong Fortress in Gangjin for 7 years from 1656 to 1663.

Hendrick Hamel went back home and wrote "The Journal of Hendrick Hamel" to introduce Korea to Europe for the first time. He was born in Gorinchem.

Based on this historical event, Gangjin established sisterhood relationship with Gorinchem on Oct. 3, 1998 to promote friendship through mutual exchange and cooperation. At the same time the restoration of Jeolla Byeongyeong Fortress was started.

With this as a turning point, both cities aim to promote local development through cultural and tourism exchange, as well as continuous exchange in various fields such as advanced farming technology(flowering plant) and export of Gangjin celadon to Europe.

2. Process of business promotion

Jan.   4, 1996
The Dutch Embassy in Seoul asked Gangjin of the exchange and cooperation with Gorinchem, Hamel's home. 
Oct.   3~7, 1996
A group of seven inspectors, including Head of Gangjin, visited Gorinchem by invitation of Mayor of Gorinchem. 
May 21~22, 1997
A group of eight inspectors, including Mayor of Gorinchem, Piet Ijssels, visited Gangjin by invitation of the Head of Gangjin.  Both cities concluded the intention of establishing sisterhood relationship. 
Oct.   3, 1998
Gangjin-Gorinchem sisterhood relationship was established. 
Oct.   1998
Gangjin received two pairs of traditional Dutch clogs from Gorinchem. 
April 19, 1999
A. IVan der kaaij, vice-mayor of Gorinchem, and his six mates visited Gangjin and took a look at Byeongyeong Fortress, Hamel's place of stay, Hangolmok, Cheongja Doyoji, and Byaeknyeonsa. 
April 1999
Gangjin received 1 Hamel image and 1 model image from Gorinchem. 
June 20, 1999
Two people connected with Rijksmuseum, including Rob Kresner, visited Gangjin. 
Sept.   24, 1999
Gangjin donated Gangjin celadon(6 PCs.) to Rijksmuseum for free. 
Jan.   2000
Gangjin received two clay tobacco pipes for developing tourism souvenir from Gorinchem. 
Nov.   18~19, 2000
25 people(Dutch Ambassador and Mrs. de Vries, Belgic Ambassador and Mrs. Rervewar, and members of the Royal Asia Club) visited Gangjin-gun. 
Feb.   2001
Gangjin received one canon(weight 1,250kg, length 240cn) used in Hamel's trading ship from Gorinchem. 
July 28~29, 2001
12 members of traditional Dutch Folk Dance joined the Celadon Festival. 
Nov.   17~18, 2001
19 people(Dutch Ambassador and Mrs. Hoofr and member of the Royal Asia Club) visited Gangjin. 
July 20, 2002
Dutch Ambassador and Mrs. de Vries and their mates visited Gangjin. 
April 23, 2003
Gangjin inspection party including 15 government emloyees visited Gorinchem. 
May 17~18, 2003
40 persons including Dutch adviser Kutz and his mates visited Gangjin to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Hamel's shipwreck. 
July 28~29, 2003
13 persons including Dutch Minister of National Defense, the Dutch Ambassador in Seoul visitied Gangjin. 
Sept.   1, 2003
10 persons including May of Gorinchem visited Gangjin.  They donated a bowl and a spoon believed to have been used by Hamel in the 17th century. 
Oct.   9~13, 2003
8 persons including vice-head of Gangjin visited Gorinchem by invitation of Mayor of Gorinchem.  They took place in the 350th anniversary of the Korean Day.  They received a plate which is believed to have been used by Hamel in the 17th century. 

3. Further plan

To introduce advanced floricultural technology

While Netherlands is the most advanced country of the floricultural industry in the world, Gangjin is a chief producing area of rose which accounts for 50% of the Jeonnam area.
Gangjin will be active in promoting overseas training of floricultural farms to reform the floricultural industry by learning advanced floricultural technology of Netherlands.

To develop Hamel Exhibition Center and Dutch Village

Hamel Exhibition Center and Dutch Village will be developed to be used as tourism source in connection with the Jeolla Byeongyeong Fortress Restoration Project which has proceeded under the 10-year project since 1998.

Also seen to have the potential power in the world as the center of Hamel History by developing Jeolla Byeongyeong Fortress, cyber 'Hamel Capsule System', Hamel Center, and a Dutch Village.

To continuously introduce Dutch tourism goods for free

To continuously introduce Hamel relics, clog machines, all kinds of Dutch folk materials, and tourist goods for free by mutual agreement with Gorinchem to exhibit in Hamel Exhibition Center in the future.

To explore the methods to export Gangin celadon to Netherlands

To export Gangjin celadon to Europe including Netherlands in cooperation with the Dutch International Trade Association and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Dutch Office.


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