In our journey from a small, homegrown business to a public listed company with global ambitions, our values remain constant and unchanging. They are as relevant today as they were in the past. This is our heritage.
The Beginning : Eu Kong
It all began in 1873 when Eu Kong left his hometown of Foshan, a village in Guangdong province of southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya. The industrious young man settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak.
Noticing that the tin mine workers depended on opium to alleviate the pain and suffering from hard work and poor living conditions, he introduced traditional Chinese herbal remedies to nurse their health. This led to the opening of the first Yan Sang shop in 1879.
The shop Eu Kong founded, was made up of the words "Yan" (仁) "Sang" (生). The former means benevolent, kind or humane in the Cantonese dialect, while the latter represents birth, life or livelihood.
"Yan Sang" (仁生) literally means caring for mankind.
Eu Tong Sen
Eu Kong's only son, Eu Tong Sen grew up dedicating himself to the family business, and to realising his father's goal. With determination and astute foresight, Eu Tong Sen very quickly established himself in Malaya and Singapore, and became a leading figure in tin mining and rubber plantation businesses.
Eventually, Eu Tong Sen expanded Eu Yan Sang's business to Hong Kong and China.
Besides tending to the business, it was evident that Eu Tong Sen fully supported the philosophy his business had been grounded upon - caring for mankind. He would often donate generously to the poor and needy, and was ever ready to support the growth of education in the region.
Eu Yan Sang has been enjoying continuous growth for years because we remain true to the original philosophy and tradition of caring for mankind.
As we extol the benefits of TCM today, it is without a doubt that Eu Yan Sang's firmly established tradition of caring for mankind will continue to live on with our management today.