Last weekend, filming began in Seoul for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Mapo Bridge was closed to traffic for the production. Below the bridge, a body was discovered floating in the water.
Naver (via tipster Sang) has photos of the bridge during the filming on March 30. As previously mentioned, the bridge was closed to traffic from 6:00am to 5:30pm. This was the first time Mapo Bridge has ever been shut down for a movie.
Here is a photo of the filming, which used over a hundred cars as props on the bridge.
Hankooki (also via Sang) reports that a security guard for the production discovered the body at 2:15pm. As mentioned above, this was while the shoot was still going on. The South Korean police retrieved the corpse, which was apparently around two weeks old (note that shooting only began on March 30.)
Security was tight on set. According to News 1, there were well over a hundred private security guards, 160 South Korean police officers, and numerous volunteers. The set was locked down so tight that it was hard to get a close-up glimpse.
Mapo Bridge is an infamous suicide spot in Seoul. As Real Time Korea reports, the government even installed anti-suicide LED lighting to draw attention as well as slogans on the bridge, such a “The most shining moment of your life has yet to come” or “Your worries will feel like nothing when you get older.”
The renovations did little to deter suicides, with the number of attempted suicides actually increasing.
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