Aw Boon Par

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Aw Boon Par
Native name 胡文豹
Born 1888
Rangoon, British Burma
Died 1944 (1945) (aged 56)
Rangoon, British Burma
Residence Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation entrepreneur
Board member of Eng Aun Tong
Spouse(s) Piah Lan
Daw Saw
Hong Yin
Children Aw Cheng Chye (Son)
Aw Cheng Taik (Son)
Aw Cheng Sim (Daughter)
Aw Cheng Hu (Daughter)
Parent(s) Aw Chu Kin (Father)
Relatives Aw 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 Rangoon, Indian Empire – 1944 in Rangoon, Burma) was a Burmese Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for introducing Tiger Balm.

He was a son of Hakka herbalist Aw Chu-Kin.[1][2] 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 Rangoon, 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. During the Japanese occupation of Singapore, 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