Inside the Grace Hill Wedding Chapel

Grace Hill 麗庭莊園

Grace Hill (Lìtíng Zhuāngyuán 麗庭莊園) is a former wedding venue situated in an industrial park in Neihu, Taipei. It opened in 2005 under the management of the Zhǎngxìng Wedding Company (長興婚禮事業有限公司), an outfit keen to disrupt the local market with a larger, more extravagant space for weddings and other events. The business struggled at first but became more widely known after it was featured in television series, music videos, and the news. In 2007 the space was leased to Dears Brain (迪詩), a Japanese wedding company hoping to enter the Taiwanese luxury wedding market. The original owners took a step back, ceding control of day-to-day operations to Japanese management, and the business continued to grow over the next several years.

The Abandoned Grace Hill Wedding Chapel
The abandoned Grace Hill wedding chapel from the street.

Behind the scenes conflict was brewing between the two companies—and in 2013 the Japanese company declined to renew the leasing contact. The Taiwanese owners were not able to find anyone else to manage the business and the property was effectively abandoned. From what I’ve read the property has been put up for auction at different times but there were no buyers. As of 2017, when most of these photos were shot, the complex was completely derelict, with no barrier to entry from the street. The impressive scale and appearance of the site combined with its accessible location and complete lack of security has made it a popular destination for graffiti writers and urban explorers.

Crumbling Ruins at Grace Hill
Around back at the Grace Hill complex. The building on the left houses the dining hall.
Inside the Grace Hill Wedding Chapel
Inside the wedding chapel, sloping pillars rising on either side.
Modernist Wedding Reflection
Abandoned Wedding Chapel in Neihu
Reception Area at Grace Hill
Reception area.
Flooded Basement at Grace Hill
Flooded basement.
Grace Hill Champagne
Champagne at the bar.
Trash Collection at Grace Hill
An impressive trash collection. Someone was living here for a while, or perhaps they were only using it for storage.
Dining Area at Grace Hill Wedding Complex
The former dining hall.
On the Grassy Rooftop at Grace Hill
One of the rooftops is covered with grass. This view is looking north toward the mountains of Yangmingshan.
Overlooking Grace Hill
Overlooking the Grace Hill wedding complex. Graffiti, a rare sight in Taiwanese ruins, is plainly visible.
Grace Hill in the Songshan Airport Flight Path
Grace Hill is almost due east of Songshan Airport so you’ll often see planes passing overhead.

Most of these photos were shot on a return visit to the site. My first foray to Grace Hill came in the depths of the witching hour, after I went out riding one night, restless with insomnia and hungry for adventure. On impulse I crossed a bridge into Neihu to scope out reports of an abandoned wedding chapel. I arrived to find the entire complex case in shadows, a nocturnal landscape soon revealed to my camera lens.

An abandoned wedding chapel in Neihu
The ominous outline of the wedding chapel at night. If you look closely you can discern a cross on the door.
Behind an abandoned wedding chapel in Neihu
Around back at Grace Hill after dark.

For more about this place I highly recommend checking out two thorough articles by Josh Ellis and Tobias at Only Forward. If you search for the Chinese name you’ll find more blogs and news reports; there’s really nothing secret or obscure about Grace Hill.

Update: Grace Hill was demolished in October 2019.

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