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about bukit lawang

Bukit Lawang is name of a village situated on west side of the North Sumatra province on the edge of the Gunung Lauser National Park. ‘’Gunung” means mountain, “Bukit” means is hill and “lawang” means door or gate. Therefore, “Bukit Lawang” means “the hill which is the Gateway to the Mountain”.
Bukit Lawang is the name of a tourist spot in the District of Bohorok, Langkat Regency, North Sumatra Province which is located 68 km northwest of Binjai City and about 80 km northwest of Medan city. Bukit Lawang is included in the Gunung Leuser National Park which is a conservation area for orangutan insight. The Bukit Lawang orangutan rehabilitation center was established in 1973. Its main objective is to preserve the orangutan population which is decreasing due to hunting, trade and deforestation

Visiting Bukit Lawang is a good way to save the rainforest ! 

UNESCO and Gunung Leuser NP are collaborating to improve the Gunung Leuser National Park conditions and local capacities for ecotourism market development, as well as promoting the National Park as an international ecotourism stop. The example of Bukit Lawang has shown that tourism can make a difference in changing the attitude of communities towards the rainforest. Once local communities start receiving incentives from the presence of tourism, they will support and protect the biodiversity in the Park and significantly reduce forest crimes in these areas. 

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