Sejong city, with all its new brand-new facilities, has baffled us with its difficulty and lack of practicality. But after today, I guarantee you will enjoy the city a lot more than before by using the public bike sharing system called “Ouling” (Korean: 어우링). This tutorial will show you how. If you are already registered and want to check out a bike, follow these instructions.
First thing is first, you must have:
- Your Alien Registration Card.
- Your iPin. (If you don’t have it, here is how to get it)
- If you don’t have a postpaid phone, then you will need to have your debit card ready.
Go to the website:
You will see something like this:
This is the Sejong Bike Website, click the red text below the login box to register.
You will see the terms and conditions webpage. Scroll down and tick all checkboxes.
Once you tick all checkboxes, click the blue button to continue.
You will see this page that asks you how you want to verify your identity. The left option is to use iPin and the right one to use a post paid cellphone. Let’s click on the left option.
This window will pop up. Type your iPin username in the first box and the password on the second one. The third one is a captcha texbox. Click the big blue button (확인) beside the username and password to continue.
If you see a message like this, it means that you have been successful. The date indicates when your iPin will expire.
You will see this page for completing your registration. Since you already verified your identity, the NAME field will already be filled out. The first field is for your user name. Click the gray button to input and check for duplicates, you will see the next pop up window.
In this window you can type your desired username for the system and then click the gray button on the right. If you see a message like this one, it means that you can use the username. Click the ID사용 button to continue. *yes I know I didn’t blur out the username properly…* Once you exit that last window, the user name will be automatically filled out.
The rest of the fields are:
- User name that you picked
- Alien Registration number. This is the last 7 numbers of it, just type the first one, skip the next three, and type the last 3.
- Email address
- Fixed Phone (You can leave it blank)
- Mobile Phone (mandatory). Choose the company and then type the number. It can be a prepaid number, or you can borrow someone’s phone, but It won’t work if that number is already registered to someone else’s bike account.
- **Info**The next field is the Postal Code. KDI’s current post code is 30-149 since August 2015, but before that, the post code was 339-007. Some registration systems have updated, some have not. Just keep this in mind.**However, we can’t type in the post code directly, instead, we need to search for it using the gray button on the right.
Click (우편번호검색, which means ‘postal code search’). You will get this:
This method is very common for registrations in Korean websites. The two tabs on top are two kind of address searching systems. The first one is based on regional administrative units called “Dong” (동). KDI’s is Bangok Dong (type or copy this Korean in the textbox: 반곡동). Be aware that on the other side of Sodam-ro (the street west of KDI), where the tall apartments are located, is another dong.
Although we won’t use the other one for this tutorial, let it be said that the other system works based on street names. If you use that one you can search your street. KDI’s street name is 남세종로 Namsejongro.
Type and click the button on the right. You will see the following results appear below.
Here you can see all places that have a dong called bangok, but only the last one matches our post code and the city name, Sejong. Select that one.
The window will close and you will be back at the information form.The first like of the address will be automatically filled out and you only have to add the rest of the address information. You can copy it from here: 254 남세종로 254 KDI기숙사 AAA-BBBB
Replace AAA for your building number (102 or 101). Replace BBBB for your room number, like 2115 or 1403 or whatever.
**Culture tip** In Korea, addresses are written in an opposite way of western addresses. We write street number first, street name, City, State/province, Postal Code, country. For example 123 Everlane Terrace, Springfield, Massachussets, 90210. From the smallest unit to the largest one. However, in Korea its done in the opposite way. They write Post code first, then City, then Dong/Gu (Gu is another administrative unit), then street name and number (or apartments name and building/unit numbers). In Korea, KDI’s address would be 30-149, Sejong City, Bangok Dong, KDI Dormitory, 102-2101.
8. This is your Sejong Bike password. type if first and then type it again below. 6-12 characters, numbers and letters. Be sure to write all these usernames and passwords down. This username will be used again online to access your account and on your smartphone if you later want to borrow bikes scanning the bike’s QR code.
9. This is the system’s PIN number. This one is typed directly or using the pictured bike panel. Type it first and then type in in the other box below.
The PIN number is 4 digits long. Be sure to write this down. The last box KG is optional. It asks for your weight because the bike has a function that measures your burnt calories and the website has some statistics related to your workout. click the blue button when you are all finished.
You should be redirected to the Sejongbike’s main webpage.
Now, we are going to pay for the service. Click on the underlined link.
Hoover your mouse over 나의 자전거정보. Click 정회원서비스.
The service, unfortunately, is not free anymore. It was free until march 2015, but now you have to pay. Luckily it is very cheap. This is the cost structure:
1 year>365 days> 30,000 Won
Half a year>183 days> 20,000 Won
1 Month>30 days> 5,000 Won
1 Week>7 days> 2,500 Won
Select a subscription and click the blue button to continue. It will be in Korean. the date in the bottom is the date of the begging of the subscription.
Once you click the blue button, you should see your computer try to install some new security software. Just accept all prompts.
Once your software is all ready and installed, you will see a webpage like this. Click the blue button again to pay.
This window will pop up. Click the first image with a Card. The middle one is for mobile small payments (only with previously-activated, postpaid Korean phones), and the last one is for cards not issued in Korea. Since we are using Wooribank’s account, we will use the click one.
A window like this will pop up. Tick all of the options as pictured to accept the terms and click the pink 다음 button at the button.
Select the option that says 우리, then type your email, tick the checkbox in the bottom and click 다음 at the end.
You will see it loading some stuff like this.
Accept all prompts
Let this reach 100%…
it will work a bit more… If for some reason it doesn’t flow like I showed and it gave you some sort of error messages, try it again from the beginning.
If you see this window, just click the gray button on the bottom right, 닫기 (Close), This is just an Ad.
Finally you should see this. You can see the amount that will be charged (5,000 in our case), and at the bottom something asking you for a ISP password. Click the first gray button that says ‘registration’.
you will see this prompt. Type your debit card number in the first lines. Dont worry if you cant see the numbers, they are being registered. Type your email in the bottom.
After it looks something like this, click the orange button.
tick all selections like pictured, type the card expiration date, the CVC (last 3 numbers on the back) and the 4 digit PIN number you use at the ATM. click the orange button when done.
If it is correct, you will see yet another promt to authenticate yourself. Click the left option to use your iPin. then click the orange button at the bottom.
Type your Public Key digital Certificate password and press ENTER or click 확인.
Sadly, where are NOT done yet…. Now we are going to create a new password, it will be your ISP password. 8-14 characters. Dont make it too easy or too hard. Be sure to write it down.
If it all went well, you will see this screen, just click the orange button making sure PC is selected.
let it work…
Now you will get here again. Type the ISP password you just created and click the orange button.
Make sure you are typing it correctly and that you are writing these passwords down. They are so many and so easy to be forgotten…. This is what you will see if you made a mistake.
If successful, you will see this prompt. Click the orange button to continue.
close this ad again bu clicking the gray button. The checkbox is for “Don’t ask me again in 30 days’.
If the payment was successful you will see this promt. Click OK and celebrate! yeeeii!!
Once completed, the sejongbike website will show you that the subscription has been payed and is running. You can use the bikes now!!
Well not really, because you still need to choose one of the two methods for borrowing the bikes: Either registering a T-money card to use it as a kind of ‘key’ to the bikes (you do not use it to pay anything); or you can use your smartphone and the Ouling app to scan the bike’s code to borrow it.
I’ll post that separately here.
This process is completely tortuous. I sincerely hope I have been able to help you at least a bit! Happy bike riding!!