One of Singapore’s most historic 'hoods is set for an extensive makeover. Time for a re-visit?

The Civic District is all set for a lavish facelift this year, according to a recent press conference organized by the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth. Apparently, some $740 million will be spent on breathing new life into the area, including the many iconic landmarks that’s dotted around the area.

For starters, the National Museum of Singapore and Asian Civilisations Museum are both getting spruced up. And there's the much-talked-about National Gallery Singapore, which, despite an end-2015 launch date, already has everyone buzzing. For those who can't wait, sneak peeks of the museum are happening over two weekends on Apr 25-26 and May 2-3.

Another exciting update to the area is the 8km long Jubilee Walk, a walking trail that will cut through historic locations in the Civic District and Marina Bay area with markers at all the iconic spots. Historic markers aside, this new trail will also display the works of three local artists in a nod to our nation’s 50th birthday. The Jubilee Walk is slated to open in December.

Also joining in on the fun is the Esplanade. It will be closing its forecourt this Sunday (Mar 22) and will re-open in late July with more performance spaces and greenery. Plus, the entire area will be better connected and more pedestrian friendly. We can't wait.