Bukit Lawang is a small idyllic village at the bank of the Bahorok River in North Sumatra. Its located about 86 km from Medan. Bukit Lawang is known for the largest animal sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan and also the main access point to the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Bukit Lawang rehabilitation center for orangutans was founded in 1973. the goal was to prevent the decline of orangutan population as a result of hunting, trade and deforestationAlready 3 years the rehabilitation center is closet.
A big flood hit Bukit Lawang on 2 November 2003 it destroyed this local village and had a devastating impact to the local tourism industry in the area. Around 400 houses, 3 mosques, 8 bridges, 280 kiosks and food shops, 35 hotels and guest houses were destroyed by the flood. 239 people died (5 of them were tourists) and 1,400 locals lost there homes. The place rebuilt again and re-opened in July 2004.