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Report - Grace Hill Wedding Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, August 2018


HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
1. The History
Located in the of Neihu District of Taipei City Grace Hill Wedding Complex described by one blogger as a “crumbling post-apocalyptic, modernist, fairy-tale, concrete fortress” pretty much sums this place up. Grace Hill was set up in 2005 by the Taiwanese Zhǎngxìng Wedding Company. Their tag line was the ‘House Wedding’ concept which took off in Japan a decade or so ago. The concept was based around a ceremony at a large, like mansion style place with scenic outdoor space where the couple have the run of the place. It was a reaction in Japan by the young, urban-dwelling Japanese couples to the conveyor-belt style wedding. The complex consisted of two large buildings where the wedding receptions were held, each with a large open room with a different design theme on each floor In between the, separated by walk-ways and water features was a beautifully designed ‘chapel’ on site which was one of the main reasons why people wanted to pay so much money to have their wedding here. For a period of time this was thee place to go if you were lucky enough to be able to make an appointment at one of the nation’s premiere wedding locations. With prices per table of between $NT18,000-23,000, a wedding ceremony at Grace Hill was ultimately only a dream location for most of Taipei’s young couples. It also became a popular filming spot for local television shows and music videos.

In 2007, the bizarrely-named Japanese company ‘Dears Brain’ took over Grace Hill at a cost of NT80,000,000 (US$2.75m) as part of expanding out of their home market. They arranged to lease the land on which it stands from the previous owner. The agreement appeared to be working well as the Taiwanese ownership group wanted to reduce their involvement in everyday operations while the Japanese group wanted to diversify its business due to a low birth rate in Japan. From near on a decade there was a long line of young couples wanting their big day at this place.

After a deterioration in the relationship between Dears Brain and the Zhǎngxìng Wedding Co and ensuing legal battle over payments things went further downhill resulting in Zhǎngxìng refusing to renew the lease in 2013. The closure, which appeared only as a notice on its official website caused a lot of speculation in the Taiwanese media. The official statement was extremely brief with the ‘official’ reason given for the closure that the lease had expired and that the Japanese company decided to pull out. Since the closure of Grace Hill, the property has been left in limbo as the land-owners seem to be only interested in leasing out the grounds to another management group. However, the high cost of rent, believed to be around NT$900,000 (US$30,000) per month, has scared-off any potential business ventures.

To get a feel for just how plush this place used to be watch this bizarre video!


2. The Explore
Found this place thanks to the excellent and highly recommended ‘Only Forward’ blog (HERE: https://www.onlyforward.co) It was easy to find and easy to get to on the local bus network. It was also about as easy an explore you could find; a walk in from the street with everything open! That and its location in a busy urban area made this place feel a bit unreal. It was so modern, and only just a short period of time, very, very plush. Very different to the places I’m used to exploring and the previous two explores I’m done in Taipei. All that said, still an enjoyable use of an hour in the heat of the Taiwanese summer.

3. The Pictures.

Welcome to Grace Hills!

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At first this doesn’t look that abandoned:

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The centre-piece chapel:

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From the back with water feature:

img9192 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Graffed and trashed:

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Building to the right:

img9164 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Trashed…

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And full of rubbish:

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Not a hill in sight and certainly no grace left…

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On to the building to the left:

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Few hints of the place’s former usage:

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And even more rubbish:

img9181 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This was the grandest hall:

img9183 by HughieDW, on Flickr

With its one remaining chandelier:

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And an un-smashed mirror!

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Random stiletto and part of it’s former top-end PA system:

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And the weirdest thing I found!

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Bye-bye Grace hill!

img9203 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

Unsympathetica

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Wow, It's really gone to shit since I was last there (that's my site you linked to ;)). I find it interesting that this place gets totally trashed while Losheng nearby remains relatively untouched, and has been abandoned far longer!
 

HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Wow, It's really gone to shit since I was last there (that's my site you linked to ;)). I find it interesting that this place gets totally trashed while Losheng nearby remains relatively untouched, and has been abandoned far longer!
Hope you didn't mind me adapting some of your history. Your blog is fantastic bye-the-way.

I guess it's because Losheng is less central...
 

Unsympathetica

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Hope you didn't mind me adapting some of your history. Your blog is fantastic bye-the-way.

I guess it's because Losheng is less central...
Thanks and no problem at all matey, nice to know I'm not preaching to the void!

Yeah, it's true that it's a little more out of the way, but it is right next to an MRT station so actually easier to get to. Supposedly it does have a security guard, but I've never seen hide nor hair of him. Maybe he only pops up if you look like a wrong un'.

My theory is that because Losheng has a much darker history perhaps Taiwanese supernatural superstition affords it some protection?

Not sure if you're still in Taiwan, but there's a huge abandoned temple in Keelung that's worth a visit - definitely some nice ghosties there I reckon.
 

HughieD

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Thanks and no problem at all matey, nice to know I'm not preaching to the void!

Yeah, it's true that it's a little more out of the way, but it is right next to an MRT station so actually easier to get to. Supposedly it does have a security guard, but I've never seen hide nor hair of him. Maybe he only pops up if you look like a wrong un'.

My theory is that because Losheng has a much darker history perhaps Taiwanese supernatural superstition affords it some protection?

Not sure if you're still in Taiwan, but there's a huge abandoned temple in Keelung that's worth a visit - definitely some nice ghosties there I reckon.
I think you are right mate. And long may it stay like that. No longer in Taiwan sadly. Saw pictures of the Keelung temple. One for next time. Keep up the good work with your blog...
 

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