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KLM has been flying to South Korea since 1984 and currently operates daily service between Amsterdam and Seoul.
Hendrick Hamel (Gorinchem, 1630 - 1692) was a Dutch seafarer. In 1653 his ship, the Sperwer, wrecked off the coast of the Korean island of Jeju. The survivors were not allowed to leave the country because the Korean king was afraid that information about Korea would get out to the rest of the world. After 13 years in the country, Hamel succeeded in escaping, along with seven others.