Aw Boon Par

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Aw Boon Par
Rangoon, British Raj
Died1944 (1945) (aged 56)
Rangoon, British Raj
Board member ofEng Aun Tong
Spouse(s)Piah Lan
Daw Saw
Hong Yin
ChildrenAw Cheng Chye (Son)
Aw Cheng Taik (Son)
Aw Cheng Sim (Daughter)
Aw Cheng Hu (Daughter)
ParentAw Chu Kin (Father)
RelativesAw Boon Leng (Eldest Brother)
Aw Boon Haw (Second Brother)

Aw Boon Par (Chinese: 胡文豹; pinyin: Hú Wénbào; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hô͘ Bûn-pà; 1888 in British Raj Burma – 1944) was a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for introducing Tiger Balm.

He was a son of Hakka herbalist Aw Chu-Kin.[1][2] Aw was born during the British Raj Colonial rule. His father left the business to Boon-Par and after Aw Chu-Kin's death in 1908, he called his elder brother Aw Boon-Haw to run his father's apothecary, Eng Aun Tong ("The Hall of Eternal Peace") together.

Although Aw wished to stay in Yangon, his brother who had settled in Singapore[3] in 1926 convinced him to immigrate, move the family business, and found the precursor of today's Haw Par Corporation. Boon-Haw moved to Hong Kong to manage the business from there, while Boon-Par stayed in Singapore to run the factory. Eventually, Aw closed the factory down, returned to Rangoon, and died there.


  1. ^ Beverland, Michael (2009) Building Brand Authenticity: 7 Habits of Iconic Brands Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, page 91, ISBN 978-0-230-58031-2
  2. ^ Temporal, Paul (2006) Asia's star brands Wiley, Singapore, page 116, ISBN 0-470-82156-6
  3. ^ Go, Simon (2003) Hong Kong apothecary: a visual history of Chinese medicine packaging Princeton Architectural Press, New York, page 198, ISBN 1-56898-390-5